whipping boynoun [ C usually singular ]uk /ˈwɪp.ɪŋ ˌbɔɪ/ us /ˈwɪp.ɪŋ ˌbɔɪ/
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(Definition of “whipping boy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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