One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The person or thing responsible for all of the trouble or harm in a particular situation.‘TV tends to be cast as the villain of the piece’‘Holdsworth was the villain of the piece when he missed an open goal’
- ‘Once, I would have argued that the bosses are the villains of the piece.’
- ‘The villain of the piece is generally acknowledged to be regionalism.’
- ‘Jones, the villain of the piece to Americans, was an Australian.’
- ‘The villain of the piece was an English cameraman, who forgot to press his safety switch.’
- ‘The villain of the piece here is the new breed of cricket fan.’
- ‘The villain of the piece had filled in a few blanks.’
- ‘All the villains of the piece are suitably cast down.’
- ‘The locked-up wife is transformed into the villain of the piece.’
- ‘The villain of the piece is their predatory little-league baseball coach.’
- ‘He thinks she's trying to make him out to be the villain of the piece.’
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