0
   

whipping boy and the word or phrase that I want

 
 
Reply Wed 10 Jun, 2015 10:52 am
I've just learned that a scapegoat can be called a whipping boy.
I wonder when the errors are too serious, such as murder, what word or phrase do you native speakers would use to describe?
Because in some cases, a poor boy would like to serve as a scapegoat for the murder committed by a rich man. Not that the poor boy wants to die; I believe he is sacrificing himself to get his family out of poverty.

Context:

whipping boy
n.
someone punished for the errors of others
  • Topic Stats
  • Top Replies
  • Link to this Topic
Type: Question • Score: 0 • Views: 1,098 • Replies: 3
No top replies

 
tsarstepan
 
  2  
Reply Wed 10 Jun, 2015 11:05 am
@oristarA,
Whipping boy wouldn't be an appropriate term of a situation like murder.

Quote:
Because in some cases, a poor boy would like to serve as a scapegoat for the murder committed by a rich man. Not that the poor boy wants to die; I believe he is sacrificing himself to get his family out of poverty.

This sounds like a plot from the Oscar nominated anthology film, Wild Tales (2014).

Stooge or fall guy might be a better term to describe someone taking the fall for a particular crime like murder.
oristarA
 
  1  
Reply Wed 10 Jun, 2015 11:57 am
@tsarstepan,
tsarstepan wrote:

Whipping boy wouldn't be an appropriate term of a situation like murder.

Quote:
Because in some cases, a poor boy would like to serve as a scapegoat for the murder committed by a rich man. Not that the poor boy wants to die; I believe he is sacrificing himself to get his family out of poverty.

This sounds like a plot from the Oscar nominated anthology film, Wild Tales (2014).

Stooge or fall guy might be a better term to describe someone taking the fall for a particular crime like murder.


Thanks.
Stooge as a noun in Oxford: 1)derogatory A subordinate used by another to do unpleasant routine work: party stooges put there to do a job on behalf of central office.
Since it is a routine work, is it suitable here?
2)A performer whose act involves being the butt of a comedian’s jokes:
the stooge is offstage
This definition failed to meet the requirement here.

Fall guy :
(Oxford) informal , chiefly North American
A scapegoat:
he contends that he is innocent, that he was set up as a fall guy

It's better but informal.

(Non-Oxford): fall guy
n.
a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of.



0 Replies
 
InfraBlue
 
  2  
Reply Wed 10 Jun, 2015 03:00 pm
Also, there's patsy.
0 Replies
 
 

Related Topics

deal - Question by WBYeats
Drs. = female doctor? - Question by oristarA
Let pupils abandon spelling rules, says academic - Discussion by Robert Gentel
Please, I need help. - Question by imsak
Is this sentence grammatically correct? - Question by Sydney-Strock
"come from" - Question by mcook
 
  1. Forums
  2. » whipping boy and the word or phrase that I want
Copyright © 2021 MadLab, LLC :: Terms of Service :: Privacy Policy :: Page generated in 0.03 seconds on 09/27/2021 at 06:54:01