Buck-passing definition

bŭkpăsĭng
The shifting of responsibility or blame to another.
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Blame shifting; the act of absolving oneself of responsibility or concern for a given matter by claiming to lack authority or jurisdiction.
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Origin of buck-passing

  • buck (from a poker player's passing the marker, or buck, to the next player when not wanting to deal)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition