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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal The shifting of responsibility or blame to another: "smothered in avalanches of recriminations and orgies of buck-passing” ( Forbes).

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  • n. Blame shifting; the act of absolving oneself of responsibility or concern for a given matter by claiming to lack authority or jurisdiction.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

buck4 (from a poker player's passing the marker, or buck, to the next player when not wanting to deal).

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