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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]
See also: fall, guy

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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Jonny Gomes, Jon Lester, Shane Victorino and David Ortiz were the Red Sox' Fall Guys as Boston won the World Series in 2013.
Y buscando los sentidos del termino en el excelente Dictionary of American Slang, de Wentworth y Flexner que recomiendo ampliamente a los aficionados al American (que poco tiene que ver con esas elegancias que se hablan en Inglaterra) me encuentro con que fall guy es un chivo expiatorio, el miembro de una banda que debe cargar con la culpa.
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An asian Tory on David Cameron's A-list of priority candidates yesterday said that the former deputy chairman of the party, Bernard Jenkin, had become a 'complete fall guy' after his removal by the party leadership.
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Tell her you appreciate her sense of humor but to alter her schtick a little to exclude you as the fall guy. Hopefully, she'll get it.
You get the point, Jews, Spain, cold-war anxiety, and postmodern reflexivity - history as an alibi or a fall guy for style.
Hillary is fair game because, as Evan Thomas put it, she's "one tough mother." Charles Krauthammer warned, "If she's gonna play a hardball game, she's gonna have to be prepared for attack hardball" - as if, once a woman gives advice about governing, it suddenly becomes "hardball." Thomas actually blamed the victim, saying that Hillary was "setting herself up as a fall guy" for the press, as if it's her own fault for being smart, accomplished, and therefore terrifying to most male pundits.
Abbott became a well - known name on Broadway as the co - author and director of such popular plays as The Fall Guy (1925), Broadway (1926), and Coquette (1928).
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Dwayne hatches a hare-brained scheme with Travis to kidnap pizza delivery guy Nick (Jesse Eisenberg), strap a bomb to his chest and then force the fall guy to rob a bank for the hit man's extortionate fee.