buck stops here

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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His singing voice is a serviceable baritone, but it's when he's wielding his Telecaster on such original instrumentals as the tempo-shifting ``Telewacker,'' the Bakersfield nod ``The Buck Stops Here,'' and the moody, sax-kissed ``Redd, White and Blue'' that he really cuts his own figure.