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To make someone responsible for something - thesaurus




to give someone responsibility for an important job or activity

saddle with

to give someone something that is difficult to deal with



to make someone or something else responsible for something, especially when this is unfair



to give someone something unpleasant to deal with

put on

to make someone responsible for dealing with something



to give someone a job or responsibility that they do not want

land with

to give someone an unpleasant job that no one else wants to do

drop/dump something in someone’s lap

to make someone responsible for a job or a problem, without any warning

put in

to give something such as your trust or responsibility for your safety to someone or something

place something in someone’s hands

to make someone responsible for dealing with something

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the practice of blaming someone else for something rather than accepting the responsibility yourself

consign to

to give someone or something to someone else to look after

credit with

to say or believe that someone is responsible for a particular achievement

dump on

to give someone an unpleasant or difficult job to do instead of doing it yourself or helping them with it

foist on

to force someone to accept or deal with something that they do not want

hand over

to stop speaking to or dealing with someone and let someone else do it

pass (on) the torch to someone

to let someone else do the work that you were doing or support the ideas that you supported

pass the buck

to make someone else deal with something that you should take responsibility for



to put a person or place under someone else’s control or protection

transfer power/authority/responsibility

to officially arrange for someone else to be in charge of something



a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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