sacrificial lamb

noun

Definition of sacrificial lamb

  1. :  someone or something that is deliberately sacrificed to promote a cause or for the benefit of others … has become the sacrificial lamb to deflect criticism about exaggerated charges used to make the case for war on Iraq. — John Diamond Yet some women complain that they are recruited as sacrificial lambs to fill out tickets against incumbents regarded as unbeatable. — Patricia A. Avery

1834

First Known Use of sacrificial lamb

1834


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