Leave Someone Holding the Bag

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To fully accuse someone for something when the accusation is equally shared and applied to somebody else as well


  • In 18th century, the expression was very common in America. The expression might have originated from the famous trick that boys in the town used to play on a boy who was new in the place. The new boy was taken to the woods, he was given a lantern as a source of light and a bag to hold and he was asked to wait there for any bird that will get attracted with the light which then could be put into the bag, later all boys would ran away and desert him alone there, with the idea no bird will actually come there.

When dad inquired who wrecked the new plants in the gardens, only George was left holding the bag.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Leave Someone Holding the Bag':

leave someone holding the bagTo abandon somebody, leaving them holding the responsibility or blame.
leave someone holding the bagTo remove the value from an article or arrangement and leave somebody holding the empty (or valueless) container.
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