fall guy

noun

Definition of fall guy

: scapegoat a fall guy for his boss's errors

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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 Change agents that do survive their change either lead an evolutionary change or have a fall guy. George Bradt, Forbes, "The Real Reason McKinsey Is Firing Its CEO," 25 Feb. 2021 As Beth and Dean deal with the aftermath of Dean’s arrest, the ladies have to find another fall guy to take his place. Washington Post, "What to watch this weekend: ‘Lady Gucci’ on Discovery Plus," 20 Mar. 2021 Barber was christened into the fall guy’s club decades ago. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Uncommon scents: Anglers find smelly bait is a necessary evil to attract big catfish," 21 Nov. 2020 Sneader failed to set up a fall guy and therefore had to take the fall himself. George Bradt, Forbes, "The Real Reason McKinsey Is Firing Its CEO," 25 Feb. 2021 Defensive coordinator Don Brown was fired last week, seemingly the fall guy for the Wolverines' failure to beat good teams under Harbaugh, and likely clearing the way for a new deal for Harbaugh. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions head coach search: ESPN picks best and worst matches, including Jim Harbaugh," 30 Dec. 2020 Royce Simmons is another fall guy who discovered the magic of autumn cat fishing many moons ago. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Uncommon scents: Anglers find smelly bait is a necessary evil to attract big catfish," 21 Nov. 2020 Michael Littlejohn is a fall guy who put himself through college guiding catfish and crappie trips at Cedar Creek. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Uncommon scents: Anglers find smelly bait is a necessary evil to attract big catfish," 21 Nov. 2020 Cash, an excellent manager whose greatest asset remains his ability to connect with his players as opposed to his also excellent management of a binder stuffed with data, will be the fall guy for all this, which is too bad. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "That backfired: Rays manager Kevin Cash's decision to pull Blake Snell proves costly in Game 6 loss," 28 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of fall guy

1895, in the meaning defined above

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16 May 2021

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“Fall guy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fall%20guy. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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fall guy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fall guy

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

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