saddle someone with

saddle someone with

Burden someone with, as in Before he left on vacation, he saddled his assistant with many tasks he hadn't time to do himself . [Late 1600s]
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QUITTING to set up his own publishing firm - even writing two of Britain's Eurovision Song Contest entries - Stuart eventually joined the Danish Mega Records as their London boss before Virgin Books, keen to have in the saddle someone with comprehensive music business contacts, offered him a job, impressed with his coterie of chums like Simon Fuller - founder of the Spice Girls - who'd been a Chrysalis scout.