Definition of fall guy in English:

fall guy


North American
  • A scapegoat.

    ‘he contends that he is innocent, that he was set up as a fall guy’
    • ‘And then they picked this one auditor who could be their fall guy.’
    • ‘Whether or not the person who actually takes the blame is the real culprit or a fall guy, we may never know.’
    • ‘She's obviously being set up to be the fall guy and she's it.’
    • ‘An Iranian Intelligence Ministry agent faces a charge of ‘quasi-intentional murder,’ but many believe he's being made a fall guy.’
    • ‘The veteran strategist is rapidly emerging as the fall guy for the Kerry campaign's lacklustre August.’
    dupe, easy target, easy prey, fair game, sitting target, everybody's fool, stooge, gull, fool, aunt sally
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