on the hook for
on the hook
1. Held responsible (for something); obliged or committed (to something). I would think very carefully signing your name to those documents. If something goes wrong in the company, it could be you on the hook. I'm on the hook for nearly half a million dollars after my partner skipped town with the company's pension fund!
2. In a continually and/or indefinitely delayed condition or state. We've had the suspect on the hook in the interrogation room for about 12 hours now. We're keeping him guessing in the hopes that he'll let some information slip.
on the hook for(in a financial context) responsible for. North American informal
2001 High Country News Taxpayers are currently on the hook for anywhere from $32 billion to $72 billion in abandoned mine cleanup costs.