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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NEW Lochore Welfare boss Pat McAuley has teamed up again with George Grier but he's not planning on leaving him holding the baby this time.
The mismatched pair have a child together but she walks out, leaving him holding the baby.
Last year, she split from hubby Jim Threapleton and was accused of leaving him holding the baby, but she was at work for just three months of that year and Mia was with her on set.