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hold the bag

Definition of hold the bag

US informal

  1. :  to be given all of the blame or responsibility that should be shared with others <He was stuck/left holding the bag for the failure of the project.>



Word by Word Definitions

holdplay
  1. :  to have possession or ownership of or have at one's disposal

    :  to have as a privilege or position of responsibility

    :  to have as a mark of distinction

  1. :  stronghold

    :  confinement, custody

    :  prison

  1. :  the interior of a ship below decks

    :  the cargo deck of a ship

    :  the cargo compartment of a plane

  1. : :  a usually flexible container that may be closed for holding, storing, or carrying something: as

    :  purse

    :  handbag

  1. :  to swell out :  bulge

    :  to hang loosely

    :  to cause to swell


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