What would be a better replacement for the informal phrase “passing the buck” (ie. shift responsibility for something to someone else)?
I am in need of a single-word verb that captures the all-too-familiar bureaucratic practice of referring endlessly.
“Refer to” is too neutral of a meaning; it lacks the hypocrisy inherent in “passing the buck”.
“Defer to” implies a responsible act, whereby the referrer is conceding their limitations.
“Abrogate” is open-faced shirking of responsibility - whereas I am after the lazy bureaucratic practice of “passing the buck”.
A comes to B with a problem. B is lazy and doesn’t feel like putting in the work to solve it, so they ______ to another department.