the goat

noun

US
: a person who is blamed for a loss or failure
In the last inning, a home run can make you the hero, and a strikeout can make you the goat.

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“The goat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20goat. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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