lay the blame/responsibility on

idiom

: to blame (someone for something)
The author lays the blame/responsibility for the state of the environment squarely on the government.

Examples of lay the blame/responsibility on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The latest Republican attack ads hit inflation and economic uncertainty hard and lay the blame on Democratic malfeasance, not the complexities of international commerce and conflict. Neil Vigdor, New York Times, 24 Oct. 2022 The White House staff led by Regan initiated a damage-control plan to wall off the president and lay the blame on Mr. McFarlane, who was no longer in the White House and lacked the influence and stature of friends such as Shultz and Weinberger. Jerrold Schecter, BostonGlobe.com, 13 May 2022 Which is not to lay the blame on any one country—we’ve made this mess together as a species. Matt Simon, Wired, 15 Dec. 2020 When asked on Fox Business whether Trump was at fault, McDaniel refused to lay the blame on him. Prem Thakker, The New Republic, 12 Dec. 2022 During an interview with the Riverfront Times last month, Johnson expressed no bitterness toward the officer and lay the blame on himself. Erik Ortiz, NBC News, 2 Dec. 2022 The White House continues to lay the blame on special circumstances and not an underlying problem. Milton Ezrati, Forbes, 15 Aug. 2022 The administration is preparing to lay the blame on lawmakers if there are tough consequences this fall due to lack of money. Zeke Miller, BostonGlobe.com, 21 May 2022 And although Republicans are responsible for blocking the funding as part of a dispute over immigration, the public will likely lay the blame on the president if conditions deteriorate, disruptions abound and critical supplies like tests and therapeutics are not readily available. Julian Zelizer, CNN, 20 May 2022 See More

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“Lay the blame/responsibility on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lay%20the%20blame%2Fresponsibility%20on. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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