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"fall guy" in British English

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fall guynoun [C usually singular]

uk   us   informal
a ​person who is ​falselyblamed for something that has gone ​wrong, or for a ​crime that they have not ​committed: The ​governor was ​looking for a ​fallguy to take the ​blame for the ​corruptionscandal.
(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)

"fall guy" in Business English

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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 ​personresponsible for it: Inevitably, one of the ​juniorexecutives 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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