fall guy


fall guy

noun

: a person who is blamed for something done by others

Full Definition of FALL GUY

:  scapegoat <a fall guy for his boss's errors>

Examples of FALL GUY

  1. His lawyers will argue that he was set up as a fall guy for crimes he had no part in.
  2. <the sandlot ball players wanted the littlest kid to be the fall guy for the broken window, figuring that he'd have the best chance of escaping punishment>

First Known Use of FALL GUY

1904

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