leave someone holding the bag

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To abandon somebody, leaving them holding the responsibility or blame.
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After the accident, he just vanished and left me holding the bag.

Submitted on July 07, 2010

Additional definitions for 'leave someone holding the bag':

leave someone holding the bagTo remove the value from an article or arrangement and leave somebody holding the empty (or valueless) container.
Leave Someone Holding the BagTo fully accuse someone for something when the accusation is equally shared and applied to somebody else as well
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