- to be made to suffer or bear the punishment for someone else
- The fellow has always been a scapegoat since he is the youngest of the four siblings.
- I used to be treated like a scapegoat in my team because I had less experience but I know better now.
- You cannot treat your little brother like a scapegoat every time you do something wrong.
- I know that he is just a scapegoat and that the person who is really behind all this has left the country a long time back.
- Real investigators are able to identify a scapegoat as soon as they see one. They are the victims that need to be saved.
- She worked as a scapegoat for most parts of her career while her employer was the actual culprit.
- He is being as the scapegoat for the betterment of his brother’s political career.
- My children often use each other as a scapegoat. They tend to keep a count and have a system of returning the favours too. Can you believe that?
The phrase has come into existence between the years 1520 to 1530 and is a popular phrase used in parlance even today.
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