Definition of the villain of the piece in English:

the villain of the piece

phrase

British
  • 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.’