whipping boy

noun

Definition of whipping boy

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

Examples of whipping boy in a Sentence

  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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WHIPPING BOY Defined for English Language Learners

whipping boy

noun

Definition of whipping boy for English Language Learners

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



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