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Be left with an unwelcome responsibility, typically without warning.
- ‘At the time, there were few, if any, construction or safety standards and the consumer was often left holding the bag.’
- ‘There is little room for sympathy when chief executives screw up, particularly if shareholders, employees and customers are left holding the baby.’
- ‘When the bubble burst, their shareholders were left holding the bag.’
- ‘Yes, we are interested in helping, but we don't want to be left holding the baby.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Ultimately our soldiers are the ones left holding the bag.’
- ‘Doctors may be feeling as though they were left holding the bag.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘‘I don't think Craven District Council should be left holding the baby on its own,’ he said.’
- ‘Everyone agrees that it shouldn't have happened but no one wants to be left holding the baby.’
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