throw to the dogs
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throw (one) to the dogs
cliché To avoid blame, trouble, or criticism by allowing someone else to take responsibility. Tommy was caught with the marijuana in his backpack, but he threw me to the dogs and said it was mine. Our manager never hesitates to throw an underling to the dogs when something goes wrong in the office.
throw someone to the dogs
Fig. to abandon someone to enemies or evil. He served the evil empire well, but in the end, they threw him to the dogs.