Leave somebody holding the baby:

Meaning: dump the problem onto somebody else.

Example: Michael said, “Gerry, did you know that Tom was given another memo again yesterday? Mr. Manor seems to be pretty upset about his behavior!”

Gerry said, “Frankly, Tom never takes up the onus for his mistakes. His work is always slip shod. He then talks smoothly with all the clients, leaving me holding the baby. Why should I bear the brunt of his mistakes all the time!!”

Michael said, “I suppose Mr. Manor found out about it yesterday. He was having a long talk with the clients yesterday.”

Gerry shrugged his shoulders as he went about his work.




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