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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.
(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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