carry the can

idiom

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.

Examples of carry the can in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Whistleblowers will continue to carry the can alone unless member states demand the U.N. implement 21st century protections and act on issues raised. Ben Evansky, Fox News, 23 Nov. 2021 But directors always have to carry the can for the failures. Andy Meek, BGR, 2 Sep. 2021 Yet sitting Presidents carry the can for their decisions, and the current commander in chief reversed many of Trump's other most controversial foreign policy strategies but stuck with the core principle of the withdrawal. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 30 Aug. 2021

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“Carry the can.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carry%20the%20can. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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