Definition of lay something at someone's door in US English:

lay something at someone's door

phrase

  • Regard someone as responsible for something.

    ‘the failure is laid at the door of the government’
    • ‘The union has been quick to lay the blame at his door.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our national broadcaster, the other day, sought to lay the blame at his door.’
    • ‘For him to lay the blame at the media's door is a nonsense.’
    • ‘I do not lay the blame solely at his door for the recent disappointments that have beset English football.’
    • ‘The report laid the blame at his door for ‘errors, omissions, failures and shortcomings which are deeply shocking’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘This single issue will be laid at their door at the next election,’ he said.’
    • ‘Not all the blame for the sell-off in bonds and the resultant yield rises can be laid at his door.’
    blame something on, lay the blame for something on, attribute something to, impute something to, ascribe something to
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