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"whipping boy" in British English

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whipping boynoun [C usually singular]

uk   us  
someone or something that is ​blamed or ​punished for ​problems that are ​caused by someone or something ​else
(Definition of whipping boy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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whipping boynoun [C]

 us   /ˈhwɪp·ɪŋ ˌbɔɪ, ˈwɪp-/
someone who is ​blamed or ​punished for the ​faults and ​mistakes of ​others
(Definition of whipping boy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “whipping boy”
in Chinese (Simplified) 替罪羊,代人受过者…
in Chinese (Traditional) 替罪羊,代人受過者…
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