Meaning of “whipping boy” in the English Dictionary

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"whipping boy" in British English

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whipping boynoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˈwɪp.ɪŋ ˌbɔɪ/ us /ˈwɪp.ɪŋ ˌbɔɪ/

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)

"whipping boy" in American English

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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)

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