leave someone holding the bag

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leave (somebody) holding the bag

  1. (idiomatic) To abandon somebody, leaving them holding the responsibility or blame.
    After the accident, he just vanished and left me holding the bag.
  2. (idiomatic) To remove the value from an article or arrangement and leave somebody holding the empty (or valueless) container.

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