carry the can
take responsibility for a mistake or misdeed - British informal
The origin of this expression and the nature of the can involved are both uncertain, though the idiom appears to have started life as early 20th-century naval or military slang.
1998 - Times - Was this the same Mr. Cook who danced on the Tories' graves for not carrying the can for errors of their officials?
Related Idioms :
carry the day
be victorious or successful
The sense of day used here is the day's work on the field of battle.
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