hold the baby

idiom

British, informal
: to be given all of the blame or responsibility that should be shared with others
His friends ran away and he was left holding the baby.

Examples of hold the baby in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hospital did not address why the couple could not hold the baby in its statement. Claretta Bellamy, NBC News, 17 Aug. 2023 Not strong enough to hold the baby on his own then, Parker is at full strength now. Marty Munson, Men's Health, 16 Feb. 2023 And if guests want to hold the baby or go inside to use the bathroom, they’ll be asked to wear a mask. Ellen McCarthy, Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2022 After that, researchers say to sit and hold the baby for five-to-eight minutes before putting them to bed. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 14 Sep. 2022 Heck, show up at your mama friend’s house with a bottle of wine and hold the baby for a while. Wayne and Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Feb. 2022 Kennedy thinks that the new mother was in shock. Jozef asked to hold the baby, and then asked the mother to trust her enough to take the baby to a doctor. Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Oct. 2021 To hold the baby right after it’s born, looking for resemblances to herself and Timmy. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al, 15 July 2021 When Anna finally does give birth, the camera stays on her face, which is awash in emotions, and Matt leaves her side to go hold the baby. Nina Metz, chicagotribune.com, 10 May 2021

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“Hold the baby.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hold%20the%20baby. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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