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fall guy

A scapegoat; someone who takes the "fall" (consequences) for someone else. The jurors didn't believe that Mike actually murdered the victim. They felt that he was set up by his brother as a fall guy.
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fall guy

1. A scapegoat, one who is blamed for the actions of others. For example, He refused to be the fall guy for his colleagues. This expression uses fall in the sense of "consequences" or "blame," which originated in prison slang. [Slang; early 1900s] Also see take the fall.
2. An easy victim, one who is readily duped. For example, His friends had marked him as the fall guy-they knew he would believe their ruse. [Slang; early 1900s]
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fall guy

n. a victim; a dupe; the guy who takes the fall. (Originally underworld.) I didn’t want to be the fall guy, so I sat out the last job.
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Hitting coaches and pitching coaches are easy fall guys, too.
This year's fall guy scenario is a bit more complicated, though, since John Farrell and his staff have that World Series to their credit.
And the Inter Milan boss also named and shamed Cristiano Ronaldo, Fernando Torres and Robin van Persie as other big fall guys in the Premier League.
Scottish Cup fall guys Hibs and Dunfermline have switched their Premier League match due next Tuesday to Saturday, March 8.
I hope Toyota go well because if they find it hard, they will look for fall guys and Mika Salo has the two-year contract.
But that was of little consolation to Iain Munro's hapless fall guys who are stranded four points adrift of second-bottom Killie having now played a game more.
The Uruguayan, now 33, was on target against Bradford yesterday but knows he could be one of Claudio Ranieri's fall guys at the end of the season if the club fail to make it into Europe.
Tom Hendrie last night insisted Alloa are no longer fall guys.
The world's poor are cast unwittingly in the role of fall guys.
Trevor Francis last night told FA Cup fall guys QPR: Blame Mark Hateley.
It's not for the faint-hearted, but this winter England have been no one's fall guys - although for one day they were happy to be the Falls Guys.