fall guy

noun

Definition of fall guy

  1. :  scapegoat a fall guy for his boss's errors

Examples of fall guy in a sentence

  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

1895

First Known Use of fall guy

1895


FALL GUY Defined for English Language Learners

fall guy

noun

Definition of fall guy for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is blamed for something done by others



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up fall guy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a dividing ridge between drainage areas

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • shamrock
  • What is the best definition of green-eyed monster?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!