whipping boy


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whipping boy

n.
1. A scapegoat.
2. A boy formerly raised with a prince or other young nobleman and whipped for the latter's misdeeds.

whipping boy

n
a person of little importance who is blamed for the errors, incompetence, etc, of others, esp his superiors; scapegoat
[C17: originally referring to a boy who was educated with a prince and who received punishment for any faults committed by the prince]

whip′ping boy`


n.
1. a person who is made to bear the blame for another's mistake; scapegoat.
2. (formerly) a boy educated along with and taking punishment in place of a young prince or nobleman.

whipping boy

- Meaning "scapegoat," the phrase derives from the boy formerly raised with a prince or other young nobleman and whipped for the latter's misdeeds.
See also related terms for prince.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whipping boy - someone who is punished for the errors of others
victim - an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance

whipping boy

noun
One who is made an object of blame:
Slang: fall guy, patsy.
Translations

whipping boy

n (fig) → capro espiatorio
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