One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Take responsibility for a mistake or misdeed.‘if anyone makes a mistake, it's the senior person who has to carry the can’
- ‘The reality is that at this level coaches carry the can when things go wrong.’
- ‘But why should the chief executive carry the can for all this?’
- ‘As finance director he carried the can for the losses.’
- ‘Governments, in other words, receive little or no credit for getting things right on the economy, but are still liable to carry the can if things go wrong.’
- ‘A chairman has to make a decision to take the club forward and six months later if it's a bad decision he has to carry the can.’
- ‘I carried the can entirely for what happened last season.’
- ‘Members are at the sharp end, carrying the can for worse services and the botched tax credits scheme.’
- ‘Someone will have to carry the can for this and it's not going to be the Prime Minister.’
- ‘Traditionally, managers always carry the can for poor results on the field.’
- ‘It's unfair to the public representatives who are left carrying the can for it.’
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