What does take the fall mean?

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  1. (idiomatic, informal, sports, especially boxing) To willingly lose a match, as in a fixed fight.
  2. (idiomatic, informal) To bear the blame or punishment for another person's failure or misdeed, either intentionally or not.
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He informed her that Nathan appeared to be setting her up to take the fall for the bank fraud, and advised her to seek counsel.
It was good of him to take the fall for you like that, I just wonder if he will come out of this one unscathed.
It relieves the truly guilty parties of the need to decide who among them must take the fall.
European governments continue to allow employers the privilege of using cheap foreign labor while making asylum seekers take the fall for clandestine migration.
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.

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