Meaning of “fall guy” in the English Dictionary

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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)

"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 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)

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