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whipping boy

surrogate sufferer for delinquent prince. [Eur. Hist.: Brewer Note-Book, 942]
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The term 'a pained friend' became a synonym for a whipping boy and my prankster mate, Barney, reckons he's become my whipping boy, given all the columns I've written about him, telling readers about his prankishness.
This chapter, like the rest of the book, transforms the now rich body of work on sentimentality into a way to wrestle with what Barnes presents as a distinctively American paradox: Love's Whipping Boy illuminates the mechanisms by which sentimentality facilitates collaborations that work against one's own interest (such as willingly cooperating with enemies of one's country), but at the same time it facilitates the constitution of a sense of self founded upon the bonds of shared sympathy.
5 per cent over the same period, but as long as the car plays the role of environmental whipping boy, the bigger picture remains obscured.
Lots of questions were asked about him last season, and he was made something of a whipping boy, to the point where he must have wondered if he had a future at Manchester United," said Ferguson.
The whipping boy Gordon Brown hasn't been blamed for the bad weather.
Alongside new versions of songs from the album, you'll find fan favourites Whipping Boy and Welcome To The Cruel World, which are worth the price of admission alone.
Well, Steve, stick your fingers up to the non-believers and go and enjoy life giving the board time to find another whipping boy.
But Eddings thinks that methyl bromide is "a whipping boy.
British food has often been seen as the whipping boy of international cuisine, but it appears we have found a way to impress in the kitchen - we have simply stolen dishes from other countries.
Television violence is a whipping boy, a stand-in for other clashes, real or imagined.
Just two years ago, the World Bank was a favourite whipping boy for African church leaders.