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  • n  someone who is punished for the errors of others

  • The rising political star commented tongue in cheek, "Any leader on a downward spiral needs a scapegoat."
  • The entire team had played awfully but William, the goalkeeper, was an easy scapegoat to pick to cover the team's embarrassing defeat.
  • In their embarrassment over the mutiny, some Frenchmen looked hard for some scapegoat who was not French.
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  • Barack Obama in The Malaysian Insider
    They're an obvious attempt to distract people from what is truly taking place within Iran's borders,Obama said. "This tired strategy of using tensions to scapegoat other countries won't work anymore in Iran. This is not about the United...
  • Jeff Zucker in International Herald Tribune
    Zucker said while interviewed on a stage by BusinessWeek that while "everyone wants to find a scapegoat," to suggest that the business media or CNBC was responsible for the economic meltdown is "absurd."
  • Joe Dumars in Los Angeles Times
    I'm not going to sit here and make Flip the scapegoat,president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said Tuesday. "Everybody is in play."

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