leave (someone) holding the baby

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leave (someone) holding the baby

To foist responsibility or guilt for something on someone else; to allow someone else to take the blame for something. Primarily heard in UK. My partner had been cooking the books for years, and he left me holding the baby when the business collapsed.
See also: baby, holding, leave
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THE rumour mill went into overdrive when Kym Marsh's fianc Jamie Lomas flew off to Los Angeles leaving her holding the baby.
Leaving her holding the baby after just three years of marriage was never going to win him any popularity contests.
Speaking from the family's luxurious home near Ascot, 45 minutes from London, 30-year-old Randi gently chided her superstar husband for leaving her holding the baby while he works on his career.