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When tragedy strikes her town, Ada decides to light out for the territory before grieving families start building gallows and looking for a scapegoat.
Critics, however, argue that the president is using a scapegoat, and that he’s relying on false evidence, like a non-existent article published in noted medical journal, The Lancet.
How could he deliberately become the scapegoat of so many crimes to which he had been an utter stranger?
THE LIFE OF NAPOLEON BONAPARTEWILLIAM MILLIGAN SLOANE
The contractors, then, were going to try to clear themselves, and he was to be made the scapegoat.
"I make no remarks," said the Scapegoat, in her quietest tones.
PEGGYLAURA E. RICHARDS
In short, Starlight Tom is the scapegoat of the neighbourhood; but so cunning and adroit, that there is no detecting him.
BRACEBRIDGE HALLWASHINGTON IRVING
The facts were, popular clamor demanded a scapegoat and Ames was selected.
I was very amused, because the Embassy was his scapegoat, and he did keep bringing it up.
WARREN COMMISSION (11 OF 26): HEARINGS VOL. XI (OF 15)THE PRESIDENT'S COMMISSION ON THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY
He appeared to consider it a part of his duty to be the scapegoat for the whole Administration.
LINCOLNNATHANIEL WRIGHT STEPHENSON
The murrain demon is expelled in the same way as that of the cholera, and removed by the agency of the scapegoat.

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