fall guy

noun Slang.
an easy victim.
a scapegoat.

1905–10, Americanism

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fall guy
1.  a person who is the victim of a confidence trick
2.  a scapegoat

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Idioms & Phrases

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 guythey knew he would believe their ruse. [Slang; early 1900s]

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Example sentences
Your job is to be a fall guy, but also a cheerleader and protector.
Drinking might thus be a mere artifact, the fall guy for some other, as yet
  unknown culprit.
Still the safety guy is the fall guy if anything goes wrong.
They needed a fall guy for when the scandal inevitably came to light.
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