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leave someone holding the bag

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leave someone holding the bag

verb phrase

  1. To cause someone to take all the losses; dupe someone to his disadvantage: Don't you let them leave you holding the bag (1906+)
  2. To maneuver so that one takes individual blame for a failure or a crime

[fr 1600s give the bag to hold, ''victimize in a game of snipe-hunt''; the form hold the sack in the first sense is found by 1904]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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