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Definition of sacrificial adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    sacrificial

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//ˌsækrəˈfɪʃl//
     
    [usually before noun]
     
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  1. 1offered as a sacrifice a sacrificial lamb
  2. 2(figurative) Our department became the sacrificial lamb when the company decided to downsize (= we lost our jobs so that other departments could stay in business).
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