fall\ guy

noun slang
the "patsy" in an illegal transaction; a sucker; a dupe; the person who takes the punishment others deserve.

When the Savings and Loan Bank failed, due to embezzlement, the vice president had to be the fall guy, saving the necks of the owners.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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