One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Shift the responsibility for something to someone else.‘elected political leaders cannot pass the buck for crisis decisions to any alternative source of authority’
- ‘It seems they keep on passing the buck - no one wants to accept responsibility.’
- ‘This is unfair and shows that a hidden tax is often a devious tax, especially when the Government passes the buck to local councils and then disclaims all responsibility for what is going on.’
- ‘The government can pass the buck to companies, and workers can abdicate all responsibility.’
- ‘But have any so breezily dodged responsibility and so glibly passed the buck?’
- ‘It seems to me that it is far easier to pass the buck than to take personal responsibility for our own actions.’
- ‘What is especially telling is the depiction of a bureaucracy unable to react, passing the buck and avoiding responsibility.’
- ‘I don't know if it's been chief and council passing the buck or the co-manager passing the buck.’
- ‘Have you ever noticed, ironically, that the folks who spend so much time talking about ‘responsibility’ are usually the first to try to pass the buck?’
- ‘Instead they have been engaged in the old game of passing the buck, and shifting all blame onto the civil service.’
- ‘It seems as if government departments are playing games with us, passing the buck from one minister to another.’
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