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English definition of “be left holding the baby”

be left holding the baby

(US be left holding the bag)
to suddenly have to deal with a difficult situation because others have decided that they do not want the responsibility: The other investors pulled out of the project and we were left holding the baby.Coping and not copingDealing with things or peopleTolerating and enduring
(Definition of be left holding the baby from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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