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fall guy

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfall guyˈfall guy noun [countable] especially American English informal 🔊 🔊 1 BLAMEsomeone who is punished for someone else’s crime or mistake syn scapegoat 🔊 Browne claims that the company was simply looking for a fall guy.2 STUPID/NOT INTELLIGENTsomeone who is easily tricked or made to seem stupid
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fall guyBeamish, thought Henry, could be the fall guy.To this end, one of the younger Communist shop stewards in the plot had agreed to be the fall guy.Biondi's defenders say he was the fall guy for troubles at the company.
From Longman Business Dictionaryfall guyˈfall guy noun [countable] American English informal someone who is punished for someone else’s mistakesLike many fall guys, he was a loyal manager who was hardly the only person to blame for his employer’s troubles.
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