Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

put the onus on

put the onus on
1) place/assign the responsibility onto another
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    • put the onus on someone else
  • Analysis
    'Onus' means 'responsibility' or 'obligation'. If someone is 'putting the onus on you' they are putting the responsibility on you to do something. "If you are in university the onus is on you you to show up to class and to hand in your work on time." This is an expression usually used more in formal conversations.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. While the coach was away, he put the onus of leading the team through playoffs on the captain.
    2. The manager put the onus of collecting money for the party on his assistant.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The onus is on every individual member of society to reduce carbon emissions.
    2. The onus is not on me to control your children. You need to talk to them, they are much too loud.
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