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make (one) the scapegoat (for something)

To wrongly attribute all of the blame for some negative situation or outcome to one particular person, whether or not they deserve some (or any) of the blame at all. Once it was discovered that I played a part in developing the company's scheme that robbed millions of people of their pensions, the mainstream media made me the scapegoat for the whole thing. Instead of trying to make someone the scapegoat for this problem, why don't you spend that energy trying to come up with a solution?
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make someone the scapegoat for something

to make someone take the blame for something. They made Tom the scapegoat for the whole affair. It wasn't all his fault. Don't try to make me the scapegoat. I'll tell who really did it.
See also: make, scapegoat
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lifts the veil enough for you to glimpse the long hidden historical truth that lies at the origin" ("Interview" 35), suggesting that stories may either contribute to and justify the tradition of scapegoating or reveal and denounce the random violence and injustice such a tradition perpetuates.
Finally, the strongest reason to admire Ciuba's well crafted text is his argument for the power of Southern literature to expose the role of mimetic desire and his hope that this exposure might lead to a truly new South devoid of the need for scapegoating.
One of Cousineau's central contentions seems to be that all these books are ambivalent about their scapegoatings. But if ambivalence is a key feature of these novels, chances are it will be hard to read these books very far in a single direction without running into some countervailing evidence.
Thus, from a lifestyle or core convictions perspective, some individuals who endure suffering intrinsic to scapegoating use safeguarding tendencies to protect their self-esteem through evasive tactics (Clark, 1999, 2000, 2002).
In all cases of scapegoating there is a state of affairs for which the scapegoat is blamed, and this state of affairs must in some way be unfavorable or unwanted.
But on the other hand, they rely on scapegoating, degradation ceremonies and total banishment of the scapegoat from the professional community.
Heyns remains far more focused in his discussion of Conrad, which is hardly surprising, I suppose, as Conrad himself focuses so intensely upon scapegoating processes.
Rather than pushing the pendulum of public policy between scapegoating the substance and scapegoating the individual, we should seek a middle ground.
"There's a joint scapegoating of immigrants and environmental regulations."
And it's in part an indictment of the left (as Nichols points out in his article this issue), since we've had no one on the national stage articulating an alternative politics that would genuinely defend the rights of working people--without recourse to the easy scapegoating of a Pat Buchanan.
Heyns's subtitle is 'The Scapegoat in English Realist Fiction', but in fact what interests him, and absorbs his attention more and more the farther he proceeds, is 'scapegoating'.
Blaming the chanted waves of ethnic hostility on the straw man of campus political correctness trivializes both the genuinely felt rage and frustration of those doing the chanting and the possible damage to African-American society that this scapegoating could result in.
[Our] God submits to scapegoating rather than engaging in it."
Sklar effectively exposes this scapegoating, but she also understands that conventional liberalism's inadequacies leave workers vulnerable to such stereotypes.