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be left holding the baby

To be abandoned and burdened with the blame or responsibility of something; to be made to deal with something because no one else is willing to participate or be held accountable. The CEO vanished when the police started investigating our questionable investment activity, and I was left holding the baby! John and the boys decided to go to the bar when it came time to clean up after the party, so the other wives and I were left holding the baby.
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be left holding the baby

BRITISH
If you are left holding the baby, you are made responsible for a problem that nobody else wants to deal with. If anything goes wrong on this, Agnes, it's you and I who'll be left holding the baby. More often than he liked, Taylor was left holding the baby. Note: The usual American expression is be left holding the bag.
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be left holding the baby

be left with an unwelcome responsibility, often without warning.
A US variant of this expression is be left holding the bag .
See also: baby, holding, left
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Or if you're on paternity leave, perhaps make note that you've been left holding the baby.
Sean and Marcus are left holding the baby when Violet falls ill.
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Meanwhile, Ruth's new scheme to boost staff morale sets the team against each other and Charlie is, literally, left holding the baby - and is exhausted by a sleepless night of looking after his grand-daughter Megan.
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No one wants to be left holding the baby on that date.
British armed forces chiefs are keen to resolve the uncertainty, with Bernard Jenkin, shadow defence secretary, saying failure to reach agreement would mean "we would be left holding the baby.
One of them backed out and in the end it's made me look stupid and left holding the baby.
emmerdale (ITV) KiriN is left holding the baby when Vanessa falls ill and Carly is later horrified to find the stressed-out dad screaming in little Johnny's face.
KIRIN is left holding the baby when Vanessa falls ill, and Carly is later horrified to find the stressed-out dad screaming in little Johnny's face.
KYM Marsh has been left holding the baby after husband Jamie Lomas flew to LA for the third time in two years.
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