whipping boy

noun

Definition of whipping boy

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

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Examples of whipping boy in a Sentence

used the government's economic policies as the whipping boy for every bad decision the company made
Recent Examples on the Web Paymer is an asset, playing with effortless conviction the eternal whipping boy who has a core of real strength. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 The polar vortex – everyone's favorite wintertime whipping boy – is actually a gigantic, circular area of cold air high up in the atmosphere that typically spins over the North Pole (as its name suggests). Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 27 Jan. 2022 Hollywood has long used the US business mogul as the whipping boy to illustrate society’s ills. Adario Strange, Quartz, 4 Jan. 2022 Like any zombie-to-be, Tom seeks out the next human to turn, and that’s his favorite confidante/whipping boy Greg. Scott Tobias, Vulture, 20 Dec. 2021 The polar vortex – everyone's favorite wintertime whipping boy – is a large area of cold air high up in the atmosphere that normally spins over the North Pole (as its name suggests). Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 19 Feb. 2020 PSV Eindhoven are their unfortunate whipping boys, while Leverkusen are winless in four Champions League games against Atlético (W0 D1 L3) since beating them 1-0 in February 2015 in their first meeting. SI.com, 6 Nov. 2019 Cousins has gone from whipping boy to top-level performer, throwing 18 touchdown passes and only one interception in the last seven games while leading his team to six wins in that stretch. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, 19 Nov. 2019 Eight plus one = nine, and therefore Brighton will inherently become Chelsea's whipping boys. SI.com, 28 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of whipping boy

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of whipping boy was in 1647

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“Whipping boy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whipping%20boy. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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