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scapegoat

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of scapegoat

  1. a person or thing taking the blame for others <companies often use the economy as a scapegoat to avoid taking responsibility for dropping sales> Synonyms fall guy, goat, whipping boy Related Words victim; butt, dupe, fool, laughingstock, mark, mockery, monkey; excuse





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