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.

Learn More about carry the can

Share carry the can

Statistics for carry the can

Look-up Popularity

Comments on carry the can

What made you want to look up carry the can? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

marked by shyness and lack of polish

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!