fall guy

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  1. an easy victim.

  2. a scapegoat.

Origin of fall guy

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10

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British Dictionary definitions for fall guy

fall guy

  1. a person who is the victim of a confidence trick

  2. a scapegoat

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Other Idioms and Phrases with fall guy

fall guy

A scapegoat, one who is blamed for the actions of others. For example, He refused to be the fall guy for his colleagues. This expression uses fall in the sense of “consequences” or “blame,” which originated in prison slang. [Slang; early 1900s] Also see take the fall.

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