whipping boy


whipping boy

noun

: someone or something that often is blamed for problems caused by other people

Full Definition of WHIPPING BOY

1
:  a boy formerly educated with a prince and punished in his stead
2
:  scapegoat 2

Examples of WHIPPING BOY

  1. <used the government's economic policies as the whipping boy for every bad decision the company made>

First Known Use of WHIPPING BOY

1647

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