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Patsy

[pat-see] /ˈpæt si/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Patrick.
2.
a female given name, form of Patricia.
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  • The bullet went quite close to patsys head and buried itself in the kitchen door.

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  • Suddenly, something flew from the window and dropped at patsys feet.

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  • He held the revolver within a couple of inches of patsys head.

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  • Her mother soothed patsys feelings as well as she could and counseled patience.

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  • That was pure kindness of heart on patsys part, and you didnt so much as say thank you.

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  • patsys report had been, however, not quite correct, and she was but a moment behind the others.

  • In Connacht the hay harvest is gathered during the month of August, and patsys comment on the weather was seasonable.

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  • The fact that he had not been elected inspector of sheep dipping still rankled in patsys mind.

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British Dictionary definitions for patsys

patsy

/ˈpætsɪ/
noun (slang, mainly US & Canadian) (pl) -sies
1.
a person who is easily cheated, victimized, etc
2.
a scapegoat
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for patsys

patsy

n.

"fall guy, victim of a deception," 1903, of uncertain origin, possibly an alteration of Italian pazzo "madman" (see patch (n.2)), or south Italian dialectal paccio "fool." Another theory traces it to Patsy Bolivar, character created by Billy B. Van in an 1890s vaudeville skit who was blamed whenever anything went wrong.

"Poor Rogers," Vincent said, still smiling, "he is always the 'Patsy Bolivar' of the school."
"Yes," Frank answered, "if there are any mistakes to be made or trouble to fall into, Rogers seems to be always the victim." ["Anthony Yorke," "A College Boy," 1899]

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Slang definitions & phrases for patsys

patsy

noun

  1. A victim; dupe; sucker: a patsy, a quick push, a big softie/ But to retain lawyers is clear proof that you're a patsy
  2. A person who takes the blame for a crime, who is put up against a superior opponent in order to lose, etc; fall guy

[1903+; apparently fr the name of Patsy Bolivar, a character in a minstrel skit of the 1880s, who was blamed for whatever went wrong]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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