fall guy

fall guy
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fawl gahy]
    • /fɔl gaɪ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fawl gahy]
    • /fɔl gaɪ/

Definitions of fall guy words

  • noun fall guy an easy victim. 1
  • noun fall guy a scapegoat. 1
  • countable noun fall guy If someone is the fall guy, they are blamed for something which they did not do or which is not their fault. 0
  • noun fall guy a person who is the victim of a confidence trick 0
  • noun fall guy a scapegoat 0
  • noun fall guy a person made the victim, or left to face the consequences, of a scheme that has miscarried 0

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Origin of fall guy

First appearance:

before 1905
One of the 15% newest English words
An Americanism dating back to 1905-10

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Parts of speech for Fall guy


fall guy popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 34% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 61% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

fall guy usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fall guy

noun fall guy

  • whipping boy — a person who is made to bear the blame for another's mistake; scapegoat.
  • scapegoat — a person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place.
  • patsy — a person who is easily swindled, deceived, coerced, persuaded, etc.; sucker.
  • boob — A woman's boobs are her breasts.
  • chopping block — a thick wooden board used for chopping vegetables, meat etc on

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