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To deny or refuse responsibility

deny

verb

to say that you did not do something that someone has accused you of doing

shirk

verb

to avoid doing something difficult, or to avoid accepting responsibility for something

neglect

verb

to fail to look after someone when you are responsible for them

deny

verb

to say that something is not true or does not exist

disclaim

verb

to say that you do not have any responsibility for something, knowledge of something, or interest in something

disavow

verb

to say firmly that you have no connection with someone or something or no responsibility for them

abdicate

verb

to stop accepting a particular responsibility or obligation that you have

not be someone’s keeper

to not be responsible for someone or for their actions

wash your hands of

to say or show that you do not want to be involved with someone or something and that you are not responsible for them

off your hands

if someone or something is off your hands, you are no longer responsible for them

dark pool

a method of financial trading in which share prices are hidden and not openly available to the public

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