pin the blame on

idiomatic phrase

: to assign (someone) the blame for something
When he got caught, he tried to pin the blame on someone else.
Eventually, researchers and governments did definitively pin the blame for that incident on the Russian government …Patrick Howell O'Neill

Examples of pin the blame on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Early reports pinned the blame on an Israel airstrike. IEEE Spectrum, 17 Nov. 2023 Some pin the blame on President Donald Trump, citing his assaults on the country’s democratic norms and institutions—the electoral system, the independent judiciary, the rule of law, and the media. Julia Azari, Foreign Affairs, 11 June 2019 The White House was quick to pin the blame on Republicans for any negative effects on the program. Brady Knox, Washington Examiner, 28 Sep. 2023 Yet when Moise Kean was racially abused by Cagliari fans during a 2-0 away win in April 2019, Bonucci opted to pin the blame on the home fans and Kean rather than rushing to defend his teammate. Emmet Gates, Forbes, 17 July 2023 In this week’s report, the inspector general pinned the blame on lax safeguards at SBA. Matt Egan, CNN, 28 June 2023 Dixon said the plaintiffs were attempting to pin the blame on PacifiCorp with an overly simplified, hindsight version of what happened, one lacking any context about the realities of climate change and the role that forest management has in causing and preventing wildfires. Tsicking, oregonlive, 26 Apr. 2023 The bank shed its personhood to pin the blame on Deborah, even after its authentication rituals molded her into an exploitable victim; the government, in turn, wished her better luck next time. Hannah Zeavin, Harper's Magazine, 15 June 2022 During Monday's closing arguments, one defense attorney, Laura Hogue, painted Arbery as a felon rather than a victim, attempting to pin the blame on Arbery for his own death. Clare Hymes, CBS News, 24 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pin the blame on was in 1892

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“Pin the blame on.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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