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the buck stops here

The ultimate responsibility is mine. A set phrase used when the speaker intends to resolve a situation mired in indecision or inaction. This strike can't go on any longer, so the buck stops here—I will personally meet with the head of the union today.
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buck stops here

The need to act or take responsibility, that other people pass on to still other people, ultimately ends up here. (An expression made famous by U.S. President Harry Truman, about the finality of decisions a president must make. See also pass the buck.) After everyone else has avoided making the decision, I will have to do it. The buck stops here.
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the buck stops here

COMMON You use the buck stops here to say that a problem is your responsibility, and that you are not expecting anyone else to deal with it. Note: In poker, the buck was a marker or object which was passed to the person whose turn it was to deal the next hand. This person could either keep the marker or pass it on, in order to avoid dealing and being responsible for declaring the first stake. I don't want anyone to blame the players. If you are going to point the finger at anyone, it must be at the man in charge and that's me. The buck stops here. Note: You can also say that the buck stops with someone. I approved the plan. I advised the President, but I did not advise him of the details. The buck stops with me. Only now has Taylor accepted that the buck stops with him. Note: This expression is often associated with U.S. President Truman, who had it written on a sign on his desk in the Oval Office to remind him of his responsibilities.
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the buck stops here

Informal
The ultimate responsibility rests here.
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