carry the can

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.
See also: can, carry

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]
See also: can, carry
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We carry the cans on our heads for several miles," she says, her blue eyes faded with exhaustion.
I'd carry the cans upstream, dump them in and sprint back to the guns, then sink the cans as they passed.
It was party time again on our last night and they were so polite and friendly I nearly offered to help them carry the cans to the chalet so they could set up for the night.