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be left holding the baby

UK (US be left holding the bag) to ​suddenly have to ​deal with a ​difficultsituation because ​others have ​decided that they do not ​want the ​responsibility: The other ​investorspulled out of the ​project and we were ​leftholding the ​baby.
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