carry the can

idiom

Definition of carry the can

British, informal
: to accept blame or responsibility for something that one did not cause He made the error, but she was left to carry the can. Taxpayers will carry the can for the renovations.

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“Carry the can.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carry%20the%20can. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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