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English definition of “villain of the piece”

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villain of the piece

informal
The villain of the piece is someone or something that is seen as being the cause of trouble on a particular occasion: When the minister was forced to resign, the press was generally seen as the villain of the piece.
Translations of “villain of the piece”
in Chinese (Traditional) 首惡, 禍首…
in Chinese (Simplified) 首恶, 祸首…
(Definition of villain of the piece from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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