谁是the fall guy?


在美式英语中,Fall guy属于一个口语短语(a colloquial phrase)。看看来自definitions.net的英语解释:A fall guy is a person who is used as a scapegoat; someone who ends up taking the blame for the actions of another person or group. 也就是说,fall guy的意思是“替罪羊”,即:替他人承担过错者。注意fall guy有一个同义词:scapegoat,也相当常用。该网站还指出,与fall guy相关的一个常用短语是:taking the fall(做替罪羊/替他人顶罪、担责):Someone placed in the position of fall guy is often referred to as someone who is “taking the fall.”



Wikipedia指出,关于fall guy这个表达的起源(origin)其实并不确定。该网站猜测可能是因为在俚语(slang)中,fall表示被捕的意思,所以fall guy就是那个被抓起来承担责任的人。(The most likely origin of “fall guy” is a derivation /ˌderɪ’veɪʃn/ of the slang ‘fall’ which means to be arrested, so the fall guy is generally the one who is arrested.)

Fall guy在美国人的生活中经常出现,是一个高频的口语用法,参考下面的几个例子:

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