Definition of whipping boy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


whipping boy

BrE BrE//ˈwɪpɪŋ bɔɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪpɪŋ bɔɪ//
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a person who is often blamed or punished for things other people have done Word Originextended use of the original term (mid 17th cent.) denoting a boy educated with a young prince or other royal person and punished instead of him.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: whipping boy