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VILLAIN., An epithet used to cast contempt and contumely on the person to whom it is applied.
     2. To call a man a villain in a letter written to a third person, will entitle him to an action without proof of special damages. 1 Bos. & Pull. 331.

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Seconds away, they square up and 'Bang' - no not a punch but the pantomime villain hitting the deck much to the embarrassment of M&M who had not even been within reach of his opponent, however ten out of ten to the villain for the dive and artistic interpretation.
NEW Paul Hollywood: A Baker's Life C4, 8pm FOOD We know him as the blue-eyed pantomime villain who isn't shy of telling people off for having soggy bottoms.
The then deputy prime minister had obtained pantomime villain status after breaking a manifesto commitment on university tuition fees in England.
I refer not to sunburn, a pickpocket or the ubiquitous mosquito bite - rather the pantomime villain which is the German tourist.
SO will Jack Colback be next season's pantomime villain at St James' Park?
It's a term of abuse" Food expert Tom Parker Bowles, stepson of the Prince of Wales "I spent four decades keeping dangerous animals behind locks and gates, so it is no different here" Ex-prison officer Chris Weller, who keeps a crocodile as a pet "Calculated, unethical and evil"Labour MP Margaret Hodge attacks Google for the company's alleged avoidance of tax "All this is a pantomime villain thing that Channel 4 has encouraged.
He played the pantomime villain role to perfection in the 2005 Ashes, storming off in a haze of industrial language after being run out by England substitute Gary Pratt at Trent Bridge.
Interim Blues manager Benitez will take a team to Goodison Park for the first time in more than three years but the passage of time is unlikely to spare him the role of pantomime villain.
But Horner, who think the reason for the sudden flak and rising temperature in the paddock is jealousy, is far from being unhappy at becoming the sport's pantomime villain.
Many questioned why Chancellor and all-round pantomime villain George Osborne sent Miss Smith in his place.
Dancing on Ice and Coronation Street star Danny Young is overtaken by a monumental fit of the giggles, and pantomime villain "Nasty Nick" Bateman, leaves the others feeling slightly uneasy.
Inflation lingers in the background like a pantomime villain, waiting to pounce.