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Someone or something who is blamed or accused

target

noun

something such as a person, idea, or statement that can be criticized

scapegoat

noun

someone who is blamed for something that is not their fault, especially because someone else wants to avoid being blamed

fair game

noun

someone or something that it is fair to criticize or attack

fall guy

noun

someone who is blamed or punished for something bad that someone else has done

punchbag

noun

someone who is always blamed when things go wrong, even for things that are not their fault

the guilty party

the person or people who have done something wrong

have someone to thank (for something)

used in a negative way to say who you blame for something bad

patsy

noun

someone who is blamed for something that they did not do

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

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