One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Accept blame or withstand disapproval.‘“Don't worry about it,” Mulder said, “we'll take the heat. You can tell him we pulled rank.”’
- ‘You got a sense that there was one person taking the heat, being accountable, being authoritative and being authentic.’
- ‘The reason they arrested Stuart and not Gaines was that Stuart, being of stronger stuff than Gaines, deliberately took the heat… a very heroic gesture.’
- ‘And Gaines, whose company had flourished in the horror boom, and whose Senate testimony had made him the face of the B comic-book industry - the Mae West of pulp picto-fiction - took the heat.’
- ‘And you took the heat for that remark, but then the numbers seemed to go up right afterwards.’
- ‘Wanna bet some junior grade officer takes the heat for losing the munitions?’
- ‘And you took the heat not only there but effectively undermined your chances of being a vice presidential running mate.’
- ‘One had to take the heat and accept the humiliation of being abused and pushed around.’
- ‘It was a terrible accident, and like any good commander he's taking the heat.’
- ‘A lot of us are sick of taking the heat here in the blogosphere where every time you open your mouth, a bunch of hecklers are quick to tell you to shut up and that you're wrong.’
- ‘I do sometimes purposely write about things that I know will be considered provocative, and I don't mind taking the heat for my words.’
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