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Fall Guy

Why do we call a dupe a “fall guy”?

The word “fall” not only means to “stum­ble” but also to be “lured” or “en­trapped.” And so we call a per­son, a “fall guy” who is en­trapped and left to suf­fer the pun­ish­ment while the one who did the ac­tual mis­chief es­capes.

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