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 caucus is not Congress’ first slash at fast-fashion companies like Shein, Pretty Little Thing and Primark, though the brunt of the existing finger-pointing has headed toward Shein and its rival, Temu—and some of the backlash comes from an anti-China business sentiment in Congress. Meghan Hall, Sourcing Journal, 27 June 2024 After back-and-forth finger-pointing on social media and in the Spanish-language press, Rosie resigned from her role as chief executive of Jenni Rivera Enterprises and relinquished her executor duties to Jacquelin Campos, Rivera’s second-oldest child. Fidel Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2024 Diplomatic finger-pointing grew more public as several pledges to increase aid failed to materialize and one cease-fire proposal after another faltered, in some cases, administration officials hinted, because of the prime minister’s political maneuvering. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, 21 June 2024 But the vacuum of real information about what’s going on here has left a gap that fans have chosen to fill with a lot of finger-pointing and side-taking. Aja Romano, Vox, 1 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for finger-pointing 

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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 23 Jul. 2024.

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