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pass the buck

Definition of pass the buck

  1. :  to avoid a responsibility by giving it to someone else <Stop trying to pass the buck and take responsibility for what you've done.> <The federal government passed the buck to the state governments.>



Word by Word Definitions

passplay
  1. :  move, proceed, go

    :  to go away :  depart

    :  die

  1. :  a means (as an opening, road, or channel) by which a barrier may be passed or access to a place may be gained

    :  a low place in a mountain range

    :  a position to be held usually against odds

  1. :  realization

    :  the act or an instance of passing :  passage

    :  a usually distressing or bad state of affairs

buckplay
  1. :  a male animal

    :  a male deer or antelope

    :  a male human being :  man

  1. :  butt

    :  oppose, resist

    :  to throw (as a rider) by bucking

  1. :  an act or instance of bucking

  1. :  an object formerly used in poker to mark the next player to deal

    :  a token used as a mark or reminder

    :  responsibility

  1. :  of the lowest grade within a military category

  1. :  stark, completely


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