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. 2001.

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

  • 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 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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