Definition of take the fall in English:

take the fall


North American informal
  • Incur blame or punishment in the place of another person.

    ‘he kept his mouth shut and let McFarlane take the fall’
    • ‘If someone backed me up in a lie and then took the fall for me when it was exposed, I'd have confidence in him too.’
    • ‘European governments continue to allow employers the privilege of using cheap foreign labor while making asylum seekers take the fall for clandestine migration.’
    • ‘It relieves the truly guilty parties of the need to decide who among them must take the fall.’
    • ‘They're not going to take the fall if someone ordered them to do something, right?’
    • ‘If there's a problem, he denies it or finds someone else to take the fall for him.’