the buck stops here

Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of the buck stops here

used to say that one accepts a responsibility and will not try to give it to someone else
  • I'm willing to accept the blame for what happened. The buck stops here with me.

Word by Word Definitions

buck play
  1. : a male animal

  2. : a male human being : man

  3. : a dashing fellow : dandy

  1. : butt:1

  2. : oppose, resist

  3. : to throw or dislodge (a rider) by bucking

  1. : an act or instance of bucking

  1. : an object formerly used in poker to mark the next player to deal

  2. : responsibility

  1. : of the lowest grade within a military category

  1. : stark, completely

stop play stops
  1. : to close by filling or obstructing

  2. : to hinder or prevent the passage of

  3. : to get in the way of : be wounded or killed by

  1. : cessation, end

  2. : a pause or breaking off in speech

  3. : a graduated set of organ pipes of similar design and tone quality

  1. : serving to stop : designed to stop

here play
  1. : in or at this place

  2. : now

  3. : in an arbitrary location

  1. used for emphasis especially after a demonstrative pronoun or after a noun modified by a demonstrative adjective

  2. used for emphasis after a demonstrative adjective but before the noun modified

  1. : this place


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