Meaning – a person who is made to take the responsibility or blame for something they didn’t do

In Context  – The managing director was fired after the scandal.  He became the company’s scapegoat.

Origin – This idiom has its roots in Judaism.  In the Old Testament of the Bible,  a goat was cast out into the desert during the traditional ceremonies which took place on the Day of Atonement.

Idioms with a synonymous meaning whipping boy, fall guy, to take the heat for something


I was a scapegoat. The media had to put responsibility on somebody, and I was chosen. They felt free to say that because someone was thin they were anorexic, which is ridiculous.     Kate Moss

Unintelligent people always look for a scapegoat.  Ernest Bevin

I think that the roots of racism have always been economic, and I think people are desperate and scared. And when you’re desperate and scared you scapegoat people. It exacerbates latent tendencies toward – well, toward racism or homophobia or anti-Semitism.  Henry Louis Gates



  Idiom – To Bite Your TongueIdiom – To Drum Up   


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