One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Regard someone as responsible for something.‘the failure is laid at the door of the government’
blame something on, lay the blame for something on, attribute something to, impute something to, ascribe something toView synonyms
- ‘‘This single issue will be laid at their door at the next election,’ he said.’
- ‘Whatever accusations have been laid at his door, deception has not been one of them.’
- ‘And since he has accepted full responsibility for the way the issue was presented, we are justified in laying the blame at his door.’
- ‘Our national broadcaster, the other day, sought to lay the blame at his door.’
- ‘I do not lay the blame solely at his door for the recent disappointments that have beset English football.’
- ‘Sensing that she really could ‘fly,‘he gave her a chance to contend for the gold, fully aware that should she fail all the blame would be laid at his door.’
- ‘Not all the blame for the sell-off in bonds and the resultant yield rises can be laid at his door.’
- ‘For him to lay the blame at the media's door is a nonsense.’
- ‘The report laid the blame at his door for ‘errors, omissions, failures and shortcomings which are deeply shocking’.’
- ‘The union has been quick to lay the blame at his door.’
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.