One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Assume responsibility or blame on behalf of other people, especially by resigning from a position.‘he heroically fell on his sword, insisting that it was his decision’
- ‘Government sources told the Sunday Star-Times that he will be asked to fall on his sword.’
- ‘He's the most high profile cabinet member to fall on his sword.’
- ‘Usually the top of the command is the person who falls on their sword.’
- ‘Michael Noonan, the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time, duly fell on his sword.’
- ‘Bliss, his reputation shredded beyond repair, has fallen on his sword.’
- ‘The permanent secretary turned ambassador has already publicly fallen on his sword.’
- ‘Given John Elliot's standards of accountability, don't expect too many senior personnel to be falling on their swords.’
- ‘The cold, hard facts of any past extravagances at taxpayers ' expense may force him to fall on his sword.’
- ‘Yesterday, the Newcastle-based bank's beleaguered chief executive finally fell on his sword, tendering his resignation.’
- ‘Pressure would then build up on the CEO to fall on his sword.’
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