villain of the piece, the
The person to blame for what is bad or wrong, as in I'm afraid the caterer is the villain of the piece—the food wasn't ready for hours. The piece in this term alludes to a play in which the villain is the character whose evildoing is important to the plot. [Mid-1800s]
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The well, ghost or no ghost, is certainly a piece of history with a bold presence.
Sands was involved in a scandalous-for-the-time romance with the carpenter and there were rumors she was pregnant with his child.
Three on-the-record stories from a family: a mother and her daughters who came from Phoenix.
My doctor insisted that once I filed this piece I lie down on my bed and not get out.
I assure you, no matter how beautifully we play any piece, the minute Liszt plays it, you would scarcely recognize it!Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
I was busy loading the piece when an exclamation of surprise from one of the men made me look up.
Sleek finds it far harder work than fortune-making; but he pursues his Will-o'-the-Wisp with untiring energy.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
There were two battalions, together about a thousand men; and they brought a field-piece with them.
She got up and stood in front of the fire, having her hand on the chimney-piece and looking down at the blaze.Confidence|Henry James