have a lot to answer for

idiom

: to be responsible for many bad things that have happened
The company executives have a lot to answer for.

Examples of have a lot to answer for in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The spreaders of the Big Lie have a lot to answer for and they should all be held accountable. Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2022 Businesses are going to be questioned more and more on their short-term, measurable targets and those that don’t have their story straight will have a lot to answer for. Alliance Manchester Business School, Forbes, 24 June 2021

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“Have a lot to answer for.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/have%20a%20lot%20to%20answer%20for. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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