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"I'll be pounce pony, phoney maroney, pony before the cart."
A pounce pony (or goat or other animal) is set out as bait to trap a carnivore, which is then killed. It is a sacrificial animal.
[dillo] * From the traditional song "Boney Maroney", via Patti Smith's Horses album. [Ron Henry] * To put your horse before your cart is to have things (often, to have priorities) in the wrong order, screwed up. [Chris Piuma]

"a scapegoat falls to climb"
A scapegoat is one who takes the blame for others' offenses.
[Ron Henry] * A live goat over whose head Aaron confessed all the sins of the children of Israel on the Day of Atonement. The goat, symbolically bearing their sins, was then sent into the wilderness. [American Heritage Dictionary]

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