take the

take the hit (for someone or something)

To face punishment, blame, censure, or arrest for someone else's crime or misdeed. We've made it look like he withdrew the money, so when the police start investigating, he'll be the one to take the hit. I'm always taking the hit for your mistakes—I'm sick of covering for you! Janet doesn't have any penalty points on her license, so she agreed to take the hit for Jeff.
See also: hit, someone, take

take the

fall/hit Slang
To incur blame or censure, either willingly or unwillingly: a senior official who took the fall for the failed intelligence operation.
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Fame is a very good thing to have in the house, but cash is more convenient, so I wish to take the sense of the meeting on this important subject," said Jo, calling a family council.
No,' says I; 'if you will help me, take the child by the hand, and lead it for me but to the upper end of the street; I'll go with you and satisfy you for your pains.
desires the favour of her to take the two children in; poor lady, she will be undone, their house is all of a flame,' They took the children in very civilly, pitied the family in distress, and away came I with my bundle.
My patron lying at home longer than usual without fitting out his ship, which, as I heard, was for want of money, he used constantly, once or twice a week, sometimes oftener if the weather was fair, to take the ship's pinnace and go out into the road a- fishing; and as he always took me and young Maresco with him to row the boat, we made him very merry, and I proved very dexterous in catching fish; insomuch that sometimes he would send me with a Moor, one of his kinsmen, and the youth - the Maresco, as they called him - to catch a dish of fish for him.
8 : to use as a way of going from one place to another <I take the bus.
As they point out in their book: Even though the WHI study was stopped and it is probably wise to take the smallest dose of hormone therapy for the shortest amount of time, "that's an individual decision.
Dancers should see their doctors if their injury worsens or if they want to take the medications beyond that time.
Now, most eighth-graders will already have taken algebra when they take the exit exam.
If you take the cholesterol away, the [beta-amyloid] goes away," says Sparks.
47% of the respondents stated that they would not have been able to take the course they were in if it had not been offered through distance technology.
If there has been no FICA tax withholding to date, an employer can generally take the position that an executive was over the FICA limits up through 1993.
The vulnerable course of conciliation for which they labored must not be abandoned, and it falls heavily upon Israel to take the risks needed to ensure its success.
While this seldom happens with normal doses," says botanicals expert Varro Tyler, "those who take the herb for extended periods should be aware of the possibility and discontinue usage if it occurs.
An employee who is needed to care for a family member with a serious health condition and who provides the requested medical certification may take the leave on an intermittent or reduced work schedule basis when medically necessary.