Nov 18

“When the project fell apart, I was left holding the bag.” 「プロジェクトが失敗に終わったときは私が貧乏くじをひいた。」


The bag in this metaphor is a bag full of stolen items. A group of people cooperate to steal something, but when they are about to be caught, the others run away. The person left with the bag will be arrested and punished. We can use this phrase to say people escaped responsibility for a group failure, leaving someone less powerful to take the blame.

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