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"scapegoat" in British English

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scapegoatnoun [C]

uk   /ˈskeɪp.ɡəʊt/  us   /ˈskeɪp.ɡoʊt/
a person who is blamed for something that someone else has done: The captain was made a scapegoat for the team's failure.
(Definition of scapegoat from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"scapegoat" in American English

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scapegoatnoun [C]

 us   /ˈskeɪpˌɡoʊt/
someone who is blamed or punished for another’s faults or actions: When things don’t go well, people always look for a scapegoat.
(Definition of scapegoat from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"scapegoat" in Business English

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scapegoatnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈskeɪpɡəʊt/
a person or thing that is blamed for something bad that someone else has done: Politicians have used the financial sector as a scapegoat for the global economic crisis.

scapegoatverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈskeɪpɡəʊt/
to blame a person or thing for something bad that someone else has done: They scapegoated environmental laws as the problem of the economy, instead of looking for real problems.
(Definition of scapegoat from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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