They will not readily yield up their scapegoat or sacrifice their privileges.
For what he had suffered at the hands of Man he had chosen to make Spain the scapegoat.
If the people demand a scapegoat, governments usually provide one.
I gathered, sir, that he was to be sacrificed to the Council of Regency—a sort of scapegoat.
We can't allow them to throw the Emperor out, so we need a scapegoat.
If you don't want to do a thing, say so; don't make your husband the scapegoat.
But now the instinct for finding a scapegoat began to revive.
He must pay the penalty, but he shall be the scapegoat for the rest of you.
He trailed bleeding feet, like a scapegoat on all the high mountains.
A scapegrace is one thing, a scapegoat is another, and from some points a preferable one.