Definition of be left holding the baby in English:

be left holding the baby

(North American be left holding the bag)

phrase

informal
  • Be left with an unwelcome responsibility, typically without warning.

    • ‘Council-tax payers do not want to be left holding the baby - a baby which has grown in a way no one has had control of.’
    • ‘There is little room for sympathy when chief executives screw up, particularly if shareholders, employees and customers are left holding the baby.’
    • ‘Everyone agrees that it shouldn't have happened but no one wants to be left holding the baby.’
    • ‘Yes, we are interested in helping, but we don't want to be left holding the baby.’
    • ‘Ultimately our soldiers are the ones left holding the bag.’
    • ‘At the time, there were few, if any, construction or safety standards and the consumer was often left holding the bag.’
    • ‘Doctors may be feeling as though they were left holding the bag.’
    • ‘When the bubble burst, their shareholders were left holding the bag.’
    • ‘‘I don't think Craven District Council should be left holding the baby on its own,’ he said.’
    • ‘When the steady market increases came to a halt, and the dishonesty of some in corporate America came to light, shareholders were often left holding the bag.’