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Throw to the wolves


Abandon. Leave someone n the lurch during a bad situation. Throwing to the wolves suggest that not only was someone abandoned but they had to accept responsibility for an error or misdeed. ‘Wolves’ implies public, police and/or media scrutiny which will devour the person in the wrong. (Compare to Leave to hang or Leave holding the bag.)

“The mayor wouldn’t explain the bribe so he threw¬† his assistant to the wolves to take the heat.”

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