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"fall guy" in British English

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fall guynoun [C usually singular]

uk   /ˈfɔːl ˌɡaɪ/ us   /ˈfɑːl ˌɡaɪ/ informal
a person who is falsely blamed for something that has gone wrong, or for a crime that they have not committed: The governor was looking for a fall guy to take the blame for the corruption scandal.
(Definition of fall guy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fall guy" in American English

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fall guynoun [C]

us   /ˈfɔl ˌɡɑɪ/ infml
a person who is blamed for something bad when others who were also responsible are not blamed: The cops made him the fall guy, even after they knew he was innocent.
(Definition of fall guy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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fall guynoun [C]

uk   us   informal
someone who other people blame for something bad that happens, even though he or she was not the only person responsible for it: Inevitably, one of the junior executives was picked to be the fall guy.
(Definition of fall guy from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “fall guy”
in Chinese (Simplified) 替罪羊, 替死鬼…
in Chinese (Traditional) 代罪羔羊, 替死鬼…
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