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Old May 12, 2009, 09:50 AM
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Pagar el pato

To put the blame on? To make a scapegoat of?How can this be used in a sentence?
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I don't know where it comes from, but your guess is right... when some damage has been done (mostly by a group of people), the unlucky person who has been blamed or punished for it is the one who "paga el pato".
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To put the blame on? To make a scapegoat of?How can this be used in a sentence?
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Is the one that takes the blame, justly or unjustly. Also, "pagar los platos rotos". Same thing, the one who pays, no matter who's fault it is.
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Is the one that takes the blame, justly or unjustly. Also, "pagar los platos rotos". Same thing, the one who pays, no matter who's fault it is.
Unjustly- injusticia.

Blame- culpa.

Then as you would say Pagar los platos rotos in English.

In my others translations am right?
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Injustice[/COLOR]- injusticia.
Unjustly=injustamente
Blame- culpa.

Then as you would say Pagar los platos rotos in English.

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Pagar el pato: to be a scapegoat, carry the can.
Cuando de pequeños mi hermano y yo nos peleábamos, yo siempre pagaba el pato por ser la mayor.
Juan pagó el pato cuando la policía hizo la redada. Los demás lograron escapar.
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Etonces Juan era el fall guy. -o- Juan took the fall.
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Etonces Juan era el fall guy. -o- Juan took the fall.
¡Juan fuel el pringao! La pringó. (some colloquial language for you)
Just remembered...there's also "chivo expiatorio" and "cabeza de turco".
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¡Juan fuel el pringao! La pringó. (some colloquial language for you)
Just remembered...there's also "chivo expiatorio" and "cabeza de turco".
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¡Juan fuel el pringao! La pringó. (some colloquial language for you)
Just remembered...there's also "chivo expiatorio" and "cabeza de turco".

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