hold the sack

hold the sack

To be forced to deal with or bear an undesirable result, burden, or responsibility. Because the bank was considered too large to fail, when its value plummeted during the economic crash, it was the government that was left holding the sack. Unfortunately, small businesses are going to be the ones holding the sack if this agriculture bill is passed.
See also: hold, sack

hold the sack

bear an unwelcome responsibility. North American
See also: hold, sack
References in classic literature ?
Many a holder of a second mortgage has been left to hold the sack.
2 : to succeed in doing : accomplish what is desired <Stanley still managed to hold the sack of jars in his left hand as he slowly moved up .
Yer da'll hoy the coals in", (You hold the sack and your dad will shovel the coals in) says one of his father's friends whom the young Gary was visiting in Cramlington.