fin·​ger-point·​ing ˈfiŋ-gər-ˌpȯin-tiŋ How to pronounce finger-pointing (audio)
: the act of making explicit and often unfair accusations of blame

Examples of finger-pointing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The handling of the crisis has led to finger-pointing among Democrats. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2023 There’s plenty of finger-pointing and blame-shifting. Erika D. Smith, Los Angeles Times, 4 Sep. 2023 Brandon Bell - Getty Images Recently, finger-pointing between airlines and the Department of Transportation (DOT) has become fashionable. Steve Dickson, Fortune, 4 Sep. 2023 The circular finger-pointing if nothing else reveals some of the stress points and grievances within the Ohio Republican coalition. cleveland, 11 Aug. 2023 This evolves into a sense of co-accountability that eliminates finger-pointing and creates collective responsibility for the company’s success. Claudio Garcia, Quartz, 18 July 2023 The news about Edwards follows a weekend of speculation and finger-pointing, sparked by a story in U.K. tabloid The Sun on Friday in which the girl’s mother came forward with the accusations, claiming that the requests for photos had begun when her child — now 20 — was 17. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 July 2023 But there will be plenty of congratulatory calls (and, sure, some finger-pointing — this is Hollywood) when Emmy nominations are announced Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times, 10 July 2023 Some intelligence officials blamed Capitol Police The report argues the intelligence officials who failed to fully share warnings have engaged in finger-pointing, blaming the Capitol Police for some of the consequences. Scott MacFarlane, CBS News, 27 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of finger-pointing was in 1914

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“Finger-pointing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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