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.
See also: take
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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.
Individuals calculate the rewards and costs of a proposed act and predict if there will be a "profit" or "loss." A perceived profit increases the chance that the person will take the risk just as a perceived loss will decrease the chance that the person will take the risk.
Although only 18 anglers fished, their generosity in raffles, auctions and entrance fees raised pounds 427 and other promises should take the total raised to over pounds 500.
8 : to use as a way of going from one place to another <I take the bus.> <We'll take the highway.>
But I knew I could study the rest on my own and take the test.
He took the same Honda CBR 600 to seventh, fifth and fourth in the 600cc open class to take the lead in that championship.
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.
SD = 3.62) did not significantly increase, F (1 , 409) = 1.71, n.s., a student's score on the following test compared to a student who did not take the quiz (M = 17.40, SD = 3.49).
Dancers should see their doctors if their injury worsens or if they want to take the medications beyond that time.
"If you take the cholesterol away, the [beta-amyloid] goes away," says Sparks.
Merged with the wedding party scene of the poem's title, where Jesus advises us to take the low place, are some of his other surprising sayings that turn conventions upside down: the wedding parable at which people are pulled in off the street; the promise of room for all in his Father's mansion.