hold the baby

Definition of hold the baby

British, informal

  1. :  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.

Word by Word Definitions

holdplay
  1. :  to have possession or ownership of or have at one's disposal

    :  to have as a privilege or position of responsibility

    :  to have as a mark of distinction

  1. :  stronghold

    :  confinement, custody

    :  prison

  1. :  the interior of a ship below decks

    :  the cargo deck of a ship

    :  the cargo compartment of a plane

babyplay
  1. :  an extremely young child

    :  infant

    :  an extremely young animal

  1. :  of, relating to, or being an extremely young child

    :  much smaller than the usual

  1. :  to tend to indulge with often excessive or inappropriate care and solicitude

    :  to use or treat with care


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