Succeed in a hazardous undertaking for someone else's benefit.‘For example, we have pulled your chestnuts out of the fire in two world wars that were occasioned by European diplomacy.’
- ‘I think it'll take more than him to pull their chestnuts out of the fire.’
- ‘Whatever it takes to pull his chestnuts out of the fire in Virginia.’
- ‘As you know, part of the tens of billions of dollars that he is asking for today is to pull his chestnuts out of the fire.’
- ‘When it comes to pulling his chestnuts out of the fire, however, the UAW leadership is at the ready.’
- ‘So I think it's just idle to think that they can pull our chestnuts out of the fire.’
With reference to the fable of a monkey using a cat's paw to extract roasting chestnuts from a fire.
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