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- noun A scapegoat.
- noun A boy formerly raised with a prince or other young nobleman and whipped for the latter's misdeeds.
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- noun Someone punished for the errors of others.
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- noun someone who is punished for the errors of others
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Middle English wippen "flap violently", from Proto-Germanic wipp-, from Proto-Indo-European wib- "move quickly". Whipping boy first recorded 1647.
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