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carry the can

To take the blame for something, often another's mistakes or misdeeds. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. My partner had been cooking the books for years, but because I was the CEO, I had to carry the can for our company's collapse. I'm the coach, and I called a bad play, so I deserve to carry the can for this loss.
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carry the can

  (British & Australian)
to take the blame or responsibility for something that is wrong or has not succeeded (often + for ) She suspected that she'd be left to carry the can for her boss's mistakes.
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carry the can

Take responsibility or accept blame, as in Joan felt she was always carrying the can for her boss's errors. [Slang; second half of 1900s]
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