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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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City leaders were happy to let Bamattre be the fall guy for all the Fire Department's woes during a period of intense public scrutiny.
He also scored a hit in 1981 as crime-busting stuntman Colt Seavers in The Fall Guy and appeared in the movies Scrooged, Big Fat Liar, and sitcom Too Much Sun.
Company bosses are threatening to find a fall guy to take the blame if the Government introduces a new offence of corporate killing, according to a new survey commissioned by the British Safety Council.
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Forsythe's tongue-in-cheek ballet was deliciously danced by Sylvie Guillem and her fall guy, Adam Cooper.
He also got one over brother Michael who scored five points for Llanelli but proved the family fall guy when his kick was charged down by James for a try which James also converted.
And former European champion Williams added: ``I'm not here to be a fall guy -tell Mike be ready for a fight.
Throughout his ordeal he has maintained his innocence and his solicitor insisted he was a fall guy for drug barons.
A defeat would be the first for Premier Tony Blair - but ministers close to him believe they can protect him by allowing Clarke to become the fall guy.