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Carry the can

To carry the can means to take the blame for something,
even though others are also responsible.

This was probably a military expression orginally. It is thought to
refer to the man chosen to carry the beer container for a group of soldiers.

Example:
Don't blame me if everything goes wrong. It was
your decision - you must carry the can.

CARRY THE CAN
Some more examples:
Sidoli had as good as admitted that he himself would take any blame,
but from vast experience I knew only too well who'd carry the can.
Gash, Jonathan THE TARTAN RINGERS

"Jack and Tom had been playing football near the house, where
they knew they shouldn't play. When the ball broke a window,
Tom decided to carry the can, even though it had been his younger
brother who had actually kicked the ball."




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