There is a piece of work but no-one wants to do it and it seems that you are the only one that will do it. So the burden will be on your shoulders. What idiom can I use?

For example: This work will be pushed to me or This job will be explode in my hands?

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    I would have said "this job is a poisoned pill" would have fitted, but the only definitions I can find (e.g. M-W) only mention it specifically related to finance as a way of stopping an unwanted takeover.
    – TripeHound
    Jul 27, 2018 at 10:58

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There's an idiom that goes ...

be left holding the baby (North American be left holding the bag) Be left with an unwelcome responsibility, typically without warning. - ODO

  • This is the closest so far I think. Interestingly Collins Dictionary has a regional note for America of "to be left holding the bag."
    – Zebrafish
    Jul 27, 2018 at 20:09
  • @Zebrafish Thanks. It's in the ODO entry as well - I've now added it.
    – Lawrence
    Jul 28, 2018 at 0:34

I'll be stuck with this job.

Stuck = past tense of Stick (MW verb definition 9)

to saddle with something disadvantageous or disagreeable - "is still stuck with that lousy car"


fall on/upon somebody/something

phrasal verb
1 if a duty or job falls on someone, they are responsible for doing it
The responsibility usually falls on the mother.

More Examples:
The task of telling Mother about the broken vase fell upon Jane.
The job of cleaning up the spill fell upon Tom.

"It will fall upon me to do this task."
i.e., I, and only I will have to do this task (as no one else will do it).


This job will be explode in my hands?

Focusing on the unpleasantness of the job itself, you could say, "This job is a recipe for disaster."


If you say that something is a recipe for disaster, you mean that it is very likely to have unpleasant consequences.

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