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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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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