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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But, since her loopy sister left her holding the baby, she doesn't have much choice.