Meaning of “villain of the piece” in the English Dictionary

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"villain of the piece" in British English

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villain of the piece


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)

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