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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KENNY BRANNIGAN has revealed for the first time how close he came to chucking football after pal Gordon Chisholm left him holding the baby at Queen of the South.
Smith's side won 2-0 through two Mark Hateley goals and the third title of Rangers' nine in a row was won three weeks after Graeme Souness had left him holding the baby and gone to boss Liverpool.
Any hopes that their relationship would be rekindled were dashed when she left him holding the baby as a single dad.
David Murray has left him holding the baby by sanctioning the sale of players such as Barry Ferguson and Lorenzo Amoruso.
Beckham was dropped from a cup tie when he failed to turn up for training because Posh left him holding the baby.
Once, she left him holding the baby while she was seen passionately kissing DJ Goldie at a top London restaurant.