from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A scapegoat.
- n. A boy formerly raised with a prince or other young nobleman and whipped for the latter's misdeeds.
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- n. Someone punished for the errors of others.
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- n. someone who is punished for the errors of others
Middle English wippen "flap violently", from Proto-Germanic wipp-, from Proto-Indo-European wib- "move quickly". Whipping boy first recorded 1647. (Wiktionary)