pass the buck

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Verb[change]

Plain form
pass the buck

Third-person singular
passes the buck

Past tense
passed the buck

Past participle
passed the buck

Present participle
passing the buck

  1. (informal) If you pass the buck you give a job or responsibility that should be yours to someone else. This often means that a job is passed around so no one really does it.
    Politicians are infamous for passing the buck amongst each other, using others as scapegoats.

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