be left holding the bag


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. 2012.

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  • left holding the bag — See leave you holding the bag …   English idioms

  • be left holding the bag — INFORMAL ► to be made responsible for something that was really the fault of somebody else: »He quit the company and we were left holding the bag for the bad decisions he d made. Main Entry: ↑bag …   Financial and business terms

  • holding the bag — left alone to finish the work or be responsible    Mom says we leave her holding the bag to finish jobs alone …   English idioms

  • 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

  • leave you holding the bag — leave you to do the work or finish a difficult job    He left me holding the bag. I had to finish the work by myself …   English idioms

  • leave smb 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 — • 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 — 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 — 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


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