Meaning of “be left holding the baby” in the English Dictionary

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"be left holding the baby" in British English

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be left holding the baby

UK 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.

(Definition of “be left holding the baby” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)