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at fault

to blame [for something]; serving as the cause of something bad. I was not at fault in the accident. You cannot blame me.
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at fault

Responsible for a mistake, trouble, or failure; deserving blame. For example, At least three cars were involved in the accident, so it was hard to determine which driver was at fault , or He kept missing the target and wondered if the sight on his new rifle was at fault. In Britain this usage was formerly considered incorrect but is now acceptable; in America it has been widespread since the mid-1800s. Also see in the wrong.
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at fault

1. Deserving of blame; guilty: admitted to being at fault.
2. Confused and puzzled.
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Under Pennsylvania's Fair Share Act, defendants determined to be less than 60% at fault are liable solely for damages proportionate to their percentage of fault, and not for any portion of harm done by any other entity.
Most motorists who are at fault have little to offer except coverage under their insurance policies, Carroll said.
Proponents say the bill will result in lower premiums for most drivers because insurance companies would not have to spend money determining who is at fault in accidents and defending lawsuits by accident victims.
It's hard to turn the results from Parkfield into a general method for looking at faults," he says.