take the spear
take the spear (in one's chest)
Sl. to accept full blame for something; to accept the full brunt of the punishment for something. The CFO got the short straw and had to take the spear in his chest. I sure didn't want to take the spear.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
take the spearverb
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