What Does the Term “Fall Guy” Mean and Where Did the Expression Come From?

Since the 1880s, “taking a fall” has meant to be arrested or imprisoned.

To take a fall now figuratively means to be taken down for something you may or may not have done, but a fall guy, like a professional wrestler, has been paid or framed to take punishment.

On a movie set, a fall guy is a stuntman who again is paid to literally take the fall, sometimes from high buildings, for another actor.

what does the term fall guy mean and where did the expression come from

A person who takes punishment or blame for someone else is often called a “fall guy”.

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