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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 ​particularoccasion: When the ​minister was ​forced to ​resign, the ​press was ​generallyseen as the villain of the ​piece.
(Definition of villain of the piece from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “villain of the piece”
in Chinese (Simplified) 首恶, 祸首…
in Chinese (Traditional) 首惡, 禍首…
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