avoir bon dos

The French expression “avoir bon dos” translates literally to ‘to have a good back’. English meanings include:

  • to take the blame
  • to be a convenient scapegoat
  • to be a convenient whipping boy
  • to be the fall guy

This idiom can be used in connection with people and businesses. Here’s an example sentence:

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  • À chaque fois qu’on casse une assiette c’est moi qui ai bon dos! Every time someone breaks a plate I’m the one who takes the blame!

In French you can also say, “assumer le blâme”, to assume or take the blame. In addition, a “bouc émissaire” is a scapegoat.

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