the finger of blame/suspicion

noun phrase

used with words such as point or direct to say that someone is being blamed or suspected
He was shocked to realize that the finger of suspicion was now pointed at him.

Examples of the finger of blame/suspicion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Putin has not, however, pointed the finger of blame toward Emomali Rahmon, president of Tajikistan, despite all evidence suggesting that the attackers were radicalized by the jihadist group ISIS-K, which is known to target recruits in Tajikistan. Sebastian Shukla, CNN, 30 Mar. 2024 In February 2021, when 246 people in the US state of Texas lost their lives during a powerful storm and its ensuing blackout, the finger of blame was pointed at the state’s faltering electricity grid. Joel Khalili, WIRED, 7 Dec. 2022 When things go wrong, many people’s first reaction is to point the finger of blame at others instead of accepting responsibility or looking at their own actions. Peter Done, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 But Mehlhoff says there was something specific about the prints that helped point the finger of blame at Jeff. Maureen Maher, CBS News, 19 Feb. 2022 Meanwhile, the attack on Skripal, who sold Russian secrets to Britain, caused the biggest spat between Russia and the West since the Cold War, leading to the tit-for-tat expulsion of dozens of diplomats after Britain pointed the finger of blame at Moscow. NBC News, 21 Sep. 2021 Unsurprisingly, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad quickly pointed the finger of blame at the West and Israel. Andrew Moseman, Discover Magazine, 30 Nov. 2010

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Dictionary Entries Near the finger of blame/suspicion

the finger

the finger of blame/suspicion

the first thing

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“The finger of blame/suspicion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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