be left holding the baby

To be left with the responsibility of resolving a problem.

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  • be left holding the baby — To be left in the lurch with an irksome responsibility • • • Main Entry: ↑baby …   Useful english dictionary

  • be left holding the baby — ► be left holding the baby informal be left with an unwelcome responsibility. Main Entry: ↑baby …   English terms dictionary

  • be left holding the baby — British, American to suddenly have to deal with a difficult problem or responsibility because someone else has decided they do not want to deal with it. He abandoned the project after a year because he felt that it was going to fail and I was… …   New idioms dictionary

  • be left holding the baby — be suddenly left with the responsibility …   English contemporary dictionary

  • be left holding the baby (or N. Amer. bag) — informal be left with an unwelcome responsibility. → hold …   English new terms dictionary

  • holding the baby —  Carrying the responsibility (usu. disagreeable). Left in charge. Usu. leave one holding the baby …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • leave somebody holding the baby. —    If someone is left holding the baby, they are made responsible for a problem that others don t want to deal with.     When the angry customer started to complain, my colleague disappeared and left me holding the baby …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • leave somebody holding the baby — leave sb holding the ˈbaby idiom (informal) to suddenly make sb responsible for sth important that is really your responsibility • He changed to another job and we were left holding the baby. Main entry: ↑babyidiom …   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

  • leave somebody holding the bag — verb a) To abandon somebody, leaving them holding the responsibility or blame. After the accident, he just vanished and left me holding the bag. b) To remove the value from an article or arrangement and leave somebody holding the empty (or… …   Wiktionary

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