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Someone or something who is blamed or accused - synonyms or related words

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

informal

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

punchbag

noun

British

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

mainly American

informal

someone who is blamed for something that they did not do

rat tail

a type of hairstyle which has a long, thin strip of hair growing down the back of the neck

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