fall guy

fall guy
noun Date: 1904 scapegoat <
a fall guy for his boss's errors

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • fall guy — ˈfall guy noun [countable] informal someone who is punished for someone else s mistakes: • Like many fall guys, he was a loyal manager who was hardly the only person to blame for his employer s troubles. * * * fall guy UK US noun [C] INFORMAL ►… …   Financial and business terms

  • fall guy — fall guys N COUNT If someone is the fall guy, they are blamed for something which they did not do or which is not their fault. [INFORMAL] He claims he was made the fall guy for the affair. Syn: scapegoat …   English dictionary

  • fall guy — n informal especially AmE 1.) someone who is punished for someone else s crime or mistake = ↑scapegoat ▪ Browne claims that the company was simply looking for a fall guy. 2.) someone who is easily tricked or made to seem stupid …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fall guy — fall ,guy noun count INFORMAL someone who is blamed or punished for something bad that someone else has done: SCAPEGOAT …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • fall guy — fall′ guy n. Slang. 1) sts an easy victim 2) sts a scapegoat • Etymology: 1905–10, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • fall guy — [n] scapegoat chopping block, dupe, patsy, pigeon, sacrifice, sap, schmuck, stooge, sucker, victim, whipping boy; concept 412 …   New thesaurus

  • fall guy — ► NOUN informal ▪ a scapegoat …   English terms dictionary

  • fall guy — ☆ fall guy n. Slang a person made the victim, or left to face the consequences, of a scheme that has miscarried …   English World dictionary

  • Fall guy — A fall guy is a person used as a scapegoat to take the blame for someone else s actions, or someone at the butt of jokes. One placed in the position of fall guy is often referred to as taking the fall . In the film industry, a fall guy is a form… …   Wikipedia

  • fall guy — noun a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of • Syn: ↑chump, ↑fool, ↑gull, ↑mark, ↑patsy, ↑sucker, ↑soft touch, ↑mug • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • fall guy — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms fall guy : singular fall guy plural fall guys informal someone who is blamed or punished for something bad that someone else has done …   English dictionary

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