Have you ever passed the buck? The chances are that you have, as most people do it often, why face the hassle yourself when you can simply pass the buck to someone else to deal with instead of you?
Well, where does this interesting phrase come from.
It seems to be one of those that comes from card games, where a token that was used in a game to show who was next to deal was a bit of buckshot or buck.
So in order to indicate who had responsibility for dealing next, you would literally pass the buck(shot).
This got shortened to buck and so it was a great phrase to take into the general language to pass the buck each time that you pass responsibility onto someone or something else.Back to Phrase Finder
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