hold the bag


hold the bag
   American
   to accept the blame or the consequences
   Rather like the game of pass the parcel, with the loser being the person holding it when the music stops:
    She'll be left holding the bag for a long time. J get over it. (R. N. Patterson, 1994)

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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  • hold the bag — (USA) If someone is responsible for something, they are holding the bag …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • hold the bag — phrasal also hold the sack 1. : to be or be left empty handed or with only the most undesirable items of a group of apportioned items 2. : to bear alone and in full a responsibility that should properly have been shared by others when the police… …   Useful english dictionary

  • hold the bag — {v. phr.} To be made liable for or victimized. * /We went out to dinner together but when it was time to pay I was left holding the bag./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hold the bag — {v. phr.} To be made liable for or victimized. * /We went out to dinner together but when it was time to pay I was left holding the bag./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hold\ the\ bag — v. phr. To be made liable for or victimized. We went out to dinner together but when it was time to pay I was left holding the bag …   Словарь американских идиом

  • hold the bag — (USA)    If someone is responsible for something, they are holding the bag.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Hold the bag —   (USA)   If someone is responsible for something, they are holding the bag …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • hold the bag — phrasal 1. to be left empty handed 2. to bear alone a responsibility that should have been shared by others …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hold the sack — phrasal see hold the bag …   Useful english dictionary

  • be left holding the bag — I see hold II be left holding the bag (or baby) informal be left with an unwelcome responsibility, typically without warning …   Useful english dictionary


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