be left holding the baby

be left holding the baby
be suddenly left with the responsibility

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

  • be left holding the baby — verb To be left with the responsibility of resolving a problem …   Wiktionary

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • baby — ► NOUN (pl. babies) 1) a child or animal that is newly or recently born. 2) a timid or childish person. 3) informal a person with whom one is having a romantic relationship. 4) (one s baby) one s particular responsibility, achievement, or concern …   English terms dictionary

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