fall guy


Definition of fall guy

: scapegoat a fall guy for his boss's errors

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Examples of fall guy in a Sentence

His lawyers will argue that he was set up as a fall guy for crimes he had no part in. 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
Recent Examples on the Web Jimmy at this point in Saul does not know that Nacho is dead, and may have just hung onto him as an easy fall guy for future cartel shenanigans. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 12 July 2022 Cassidy became a convenient fall guy for the Bruins’ glaring inability to get their prospect pipeline flowing. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 28 June 2022 The fall guy was Jeff Luhnow, the Astros’ general manager. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2022 The fallout was swift, and the fall guy was Collier. Tim Sohn, Outside Online, 28 Oct. 2020 The steroid era did not even produce a fall guy within the sport. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2022 But Leeds was never the real Hobgoblin, merely a brainwashed fall guy for the real villain, Roderick Kingsley, who took back the mantle after Leeds was murdered. Richard Newby, Vulture, 17 Dec. 2021 Tom surprised Logan by offering himself as the fall guy on the cruises scandal — an offer made more delicious here by the fact that Shiv herself had suggested it! Scott Tobias, Vulture, 14 Dec. 2021 As an interim general manager presiding over a free-falling team that was criticized for its relative inactivity around the trade deadline, Scott was already an easy fall guy long before Wednesday. Jerry Beach, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of fall guy

1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fall guy was in 1895

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Last Updated

15 Jul 2022

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“Fall guy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fall%20guy. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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