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She is a convenient scapegoat because she was chosen by the last administration.
  someone blamed or punished for the errors of others
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  • She is a convenient scapegoat because she was chosen by the last administration.
  • The press will continue to investigate unless we designate a scapegoat.
  • That’s why they are always looking for a scapegoat, someone else to blame.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  A Lesson Before Dying
  • The people of Rome were sure you’d started the Great Fire, so you scapegoated the Christians."
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo

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  • This didn’t satisfy many people, and a second scapegoat soon emerged: the firefighters.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • Martin didn’t know it, but Deacon was setting him up to be a scapegoat.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • For residents of the block, support for Prop 187 wasn’t a nativist reaction or scapegoating in tight economic times.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Bezu Fache certainly seemed intent on finding a scapegoat for tonight’s murders.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Father stayed away most of the time, and I continued to be the scapegoat upon which Mother vented her frustrations.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • ’People need a scapegoat,’ he said.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes

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  • They’ll have a sharp eye for scapegoats.’
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • And he convinced us all; so lots were cast, And I, unlucky scapegoat, drew the prize.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • But it is usually a sort of melodramatic or mythical hatred directed against imaginary scapegoats.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • And she’s always been a group scapegoat.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • I am being made a scapegoat of.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He had the feeling that Brother Leon was that kind of character, that he would need a scapegoat and Brian would be closest at hand.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • You’re making Stan a scapegoat, just like you want to make me a mascot.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • There was always one unfortunate whom the teacher singled out and used for a scapegoat.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Methinks that thou and thine abettor soon Will rue your plot to drive the scapegoat out.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • As long as we have politicians and leaders and media people who feast on people’s fears, we’ll continue making scapegoats.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Then they just made him the scapegoat, didn’t they?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Like the scapegoat of the Bible, place society’s ills on them, then "stone them" in absolution.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • I know that had I been a sanguine, brilliant, careless, exacting, handsome, romping child — though equally dependent and friendless — Mrs. Reed would have endured my presence more complacently; her children would have entertained for me more of the cordiality of fellow-feeling; the servants would have been less prone to make me the scapegoat of the nursery.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • If the attempt at rescue failed and more children were sacrificed than were saved, scapegoats had been set up to absorb the blame.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • The Rwandan genocide was a carefully planned case of scapegoating, launched by a government of the majority against a powerless minority.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Mr. Phillips’s brief reforming energy was over; he didn’t want the bother of punishing a dozen pupils; but it was necessary to do something to save his word, so he looked about for a scapegoat and found it in Anne, who had dropped into her seat, gasping for breath, with a forgotten lily wreath hanging askew over one ear and giving her a particularly rakish and disheveled appearance.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Well, they’ve chosen their scapegoat, they’ve made me write the column of criticism and so life was made possible.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • He would catalog what he called "the geography of blame" and the scapegoat role assigned to Haiti.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • He’s my forever scapegoat, really.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • Exemplary wives will sometimes find scapegoats in this way.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • But she was not to find a scapegoat so easily.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • He was the scapegoat, his death to take the place of another’s.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • She couldn’t see why Mrs. Touchett should make a scapegoat of a woman who had really done no harm, who had only done good in the wrong way.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • On entering the drawing room Stepan Arkadyevitch apologized, explaining that he had been detained by that prince, who was always the scapegoat for all his absences and unpunctualities, and in one moment he had made all the guests acquainted with each other, and, bringing together Alexey Alexandrovitch and Sergey Koznishev, started them on a discussion of the Russification of Poland, into which they immediately plunged with Pestsov.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Thus was He thrown year after year, and were others thrown—little images of Ganpati, baskets of tenday corn, tiny tazias after Mohurram—scapegoats, husks, emblems of passage; a passage not easy, not now, not here, not to be apprehended except when it is unattainable: the God to be thrown was an emblem of that.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • And suddenly I saw the eyes of the little squirt-face newspaperman at the cemetery gate on me, and all the eyes that had looked at me that way, and suddenly I knew that I had tried to make Duffy into a scapegoat for me and to set myself off from Duffy, and my million-dollar meal of heroism backfired that yellow taste into my gullet and I felt caught and tangled and mired and stuck like an ox in a bog and a cat in flypaper.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • This was his scapegoat; but his excitement was caused by something quite different.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • The latest addition to your collection of scapegoats, eh?
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • But a scapegoat is certainly required.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • Mavis comes in, wrong time, wrong place, and the killer sees a tailor-made scapegoat .
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • They had me and they had their scapegoat; and worst of all, they had Belle.
    Louis L’Amour  --  The Broken Gun
  • They are not like poets—scapegoats; they are not chained to the rock.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • The soldier who used Day as a convenient scapegoat.
    Marie Lu  --  Legend
  • If the poison was his doing . well, he will need a scapegoat.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • He doesn’t admit to a thing, and he has Niedermann as a scapegoat.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • But if it makes you feel better to think that I am one, you are welcome to use me as your scapegoat.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • You need a scapegoat.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • His tantalizing words "I’m just a patsy" hung in the air, suggesting that he was some sort of scapegoat.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • The large meatpacking companies say that they’ve become a convenient scapegoat for ranchers, when the real problem is low poultry prices.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • She couldn’t see why Mrs. Touchett should make a scapegoat of a woman who had really done no harm, who had only done good in the wrong way.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
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