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Scapegoat

Today’s English idiom is scapegoat, which refers to a person or group who is given the blame for the mistakes or crimes of others. You can make someone a scapegoat for something , which means to - unfairly - give someone else the blame for things that have gone wrong. This process is called scapegoating. Look at these sample sentences to see how this English idiom is used.

Scapegoating football managers is very common. When teams don’t win, someone has to take the blame.
Are we making the president a scapegoat for our failures?
Are the banks really to blame for all that has gone wrong in or society or are they scapegoats?

The last sample sentence is a good question for us to ask ourselves in light of the
Occupy Wall Street movement. Are the banks really to blame for all that has gone wrong in our society or are they scapegoats?

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