leave holding the bag


leave holding the bag
vp To be made a scapegoat. When the hand grenade exploded beneath the cow, Beulah was left holding the bag. 1860s

Historical dictionary of American slang . 2014.

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  • leave\ holding\ the\ bag — • leave holding the bag • leave holding the sack v. phr. informal 1. To cause (someone) not to have something needed; leave without anything, In the rush for seats, Joe was left holding the bag. 2. To force (someone) to take the whole… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • leave holding the bag — leave (someone) holding the bag to make someone else take all of the responsibility. If we loan the company money we want to be sure it won t fail and leave us holding the bag …   New idioms dictionary

  • leave holding the bag — leave someone else to take the blame He left me holding the bag when he ran away from the accident …   Idioms and examples

  • leave holding the bag — or[leave holding the sack] {v. phr.}, {informal} 1. To cause (someone) not to have something needed; leave without anything, * /In the rush for seats, Joe was left holding the bag./ 2. To force (someone) to take the whole responsibility or blame… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • leave holding the bag — or[leave holding the sack] {v. phr.}, {informal} 1. To cause (someone) not to have something needed; leave without anything, * /In the rush for seats, Joe was left holding the bag./ 2. To force (someone) to take the whole responsibility or blame… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • leave holding the bag — leave someone else to deal with the consequences, leave someone else with the responsibility …   English contemporary dictionary

  • leave holding the bag — idi+inf Informal. to force the consequences upon …   From formal English to slang

  • leave\ holding\ the\ sack — • leave holding the bag • leave holding the sack v. phr. informal 1. To cause (someone) not to have something needed; leave without anything, In the rush for seats, Joe was left holding the bag. 2. To force (someone) to take the whole… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • leave someone holding the bag — leave (someone) holding the bag to make someone else take all of the responsibility. If we loan the company money we want to be sure it won t fail and leave us holding the bag …   New idioms dictionary

  • leave somebody holding the bag — leave sb holding the ˈbag idiom (NAmE, informal) to suddenly make sb responsible for sth important, such as finishing a difficult job, that is really your responsibility • You two were going to fly off and leave me holding the bag. Main entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary