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pass the buck

Fig. to pass the blame (to someone else); to give the responsibility (to someone else). (See also The buck stops here.) Don't try to pass the buck! It's your fault, and everybody knows it. Some people try to pass the buck whenever they can.
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pass the buck

to make someone else responsible for something Bus companies say their drivers are causing delays, but they are just passing the buck again.
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pass the buck

to blame someone or to make them responsible for a problem that you should deal with yourself
Usage notes: In the card game poker, the buck is an object passed to the person who wins in order to remind them that they must be the first person to give money for the prize in the next game.
(sometimes + to ) Parents often try to pass the buck to teachers when children misbehave in school. Bus companies are just passing the buck by saying their drivers are responsible for delays.
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pass the buck

Shift responsibility or blame elsewhere, as in She's always passing the buck to her staff; it's time she accepted the blame herself. This expression dates from the mid-1800s, when in a poker game a piece of buckshot or another object was passed around to remind a player that he was the next dealer. It acquired its present meaning by about 1900.
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pass the buck

tv. to shift the responsibility for something to someone else; to evade responsibility. (see also buckpasser.) Don’t pass the buck. Stand up and admit you were wrong.
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I MIGHT have sympathised with David Westwood had he not tried to pass the buck, blaming data protection laws for the failure to track Ian Huntley.
SNP justice spokeswoman Nicola Sturgeon said: "For the Scottish Executive to pass the buck to Westminster on a matter that is substantially devolved is an abdication of responsibility.
The council majority should not pass the buck back to the Planning Commission.
ONE THING that people seem to be forgetting in all this fuss about the possible terrorist invasion of the Royal party (avoiding the fact that it wasn't a terrorist, so this is all a fuss over nothing) is that if a terrorist group wanted to do it right, they would have crashed a plane into the party and not bothered sending in just one person, so to try and pass the buck onto one police officer for slipping up is a little unfair.
With everyone feeling like his neck is on the line, from District Attorney Michael Bradbury to Sheriff Larry Carpenter, there will be pressure to find scapegoats and pass the buck.
But Shadow Health Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "The Scottish Executive is yet again trying to pass the buck in the face of scandalously long waiting times.
Los Angeles County's Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday that jurors need a raise, but they decided to pass the buck - actually $35 million a year - to the state Legislature.
TODAY the Mirror gives you a special Christmas present from Belfast City Airport called: Pass The Buck.