leave holding the bag

[leave holding the bag] or [leave holding the sack] {v. phr.},{informal} 1. To cause (someone) not to have something needed; leavewithout anything,

In the rush for seats, Joe was left holding thebag.

2. To force (someone) to take the whole responsibility or blamefor something that others should share.

When the ball hit theglass, the team scattered and left George holding the bag.

Afterthe party, the other girls on the clean-up committee went away withtheir dates, and left Mary holding the bag.