throw to the dogs
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throw (one) to the dogs
To put one in the position to be the recipient of blame, trouble, or criticism, often that which was intended for oneself. 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.