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bad workers always blame their tools

If someone performs a job or task poorly or unsuccessfully, he or she will usually lay the blame on the quality of his or her equipment, or other such external factors, rather than take responsibility for his or her own failure. The football player blamed the overinflated ball for costing his team the game, but as they say, bad workers always blame their tools.
See also: always, bad, blame, tool, worker

blame game

The exchange of accusations and blame between two or more parties during a dispute or some undesirable event. After the team lost the match, there was a bit of a blame game going on between the players and the coaches. The government parties prefer to play the blame game during an economic crisis.
See also: blame, game

a bad carpenter blames his tools

If someone performs a job or task poorly or unsuccessfully, he or she will usually lay the blame on the quality of his or her equipment, or other such external factors, rather than take responsibility for his or her own failure. The football player blamed the overinflated ball for costing his team the game, but as they say, a bad carpenter always blames his tools.
See also: bad, blame, tool

a bad workman always blames his tools

If someone performs a job or task poorly or unsuccessfully, he or she will usually lay the blame on the quality of his orher equipment, or other such external factors, rather than take responsibility for his or her own failure. The football player blamed the overinflated ball for costing his team the game, but as they say, a bad workman always blames his tools.
See also: always, bad, blame, tool, workman

blame Canada

A slang phrase from the cartoon South Park, (comically) blaming Canada for any troubles in one's life. Another tax increase? Ugh, blame Canada! I can't believe we all failed that stupid test. Blame Canada!
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a bad workman blames his tools

If someone performs a job or task poorly or unsuccessfully, he or she will usually lay the blame on the quality of his or her equipment, or other such external factors, rather than take responsibility for his or her own failure. When Mary blamed the oven for burning the turkey on Thanksgiving, her husband jokingly replied, "a bad workman always blames his tools."
See also: bad, blame, tool, workman

a poor craftsman blames his tools

If someone performs a job or task poorly or unsuccessfully, he or she will usually lay the blame on the quality of his or her equipment, or other such external factors, rather than take responsibility for his or her own failure. After John spent all day assembling his new desk only to discover it was lopsided, he immediately declared that the package must have contained the wrong pieces. His wife replied, "only poor craftsmen blame their tools, dear."
See also: blame, poor, tool

*blame for something

the responsibility of having done something wrong or caused something bad to happen. (*Typically: accept ~; bear ~; shoulder ~; take~.) I absolutely refuse to shoulder the blame for the entire fiasco!
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blame someone for something

to hold someone responsible for something; to name someone as the cause of something. Please don't blame Jill for it. She blamed herself for everything that went wrong.
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blame something on someone

to say that something is someone's fault; to place the guilt for something on someone. Don't blame it on me. I blamed it all on someone else.
See also: blame, on

lay something on

to supply something in abundance. Look at him lay that butter on! What do you suppose the insides of his arteries look like? They laid on a beautiful buffet lunch.
See also: lay, on

lay something on someone

 
1. Sl. to present a plan or an idea to someone. Here is this century's greatest idea. Let me lay it on you. I'm going to lay a great idea on you.
2. Sl. to attempt to make someone feel guilty about something. Don't lay that stuff on me. Face your own problem. Every week she calls up to lay a guilt trip on me about something or other.
3. Go to lay something on someone or something.
See also: lay, on

lay something on someone or something

to place something on someone or something; to cover someone or something with something. As soon as he breathed his last, the nurse laid a cloth on him. Ken laid the bundle of flowers on the coffee table.
See also: lay, on

lay the blame (for something) on someone

Fig. to place the blame for something on someone. We could not possibly lay the blame for the accident on you. Don't try to lay the blame on me!
See also: blame, lay, on

place the blame on someone or something (for something)

to blame someone or something for something. Please don't try to place the blame on me for the accident. The insurance company placed the blame on the weather.
See also: blame, on, place

put the blame on someone or something

 and lay the blame on someone or something; place the blame on someone or something
to blame someone or something; to assign a bad outcome to someone or something. Don't put the blame on me. I didn't do it. We'll have to place the blame for the damage on the storm.
See also: blame, on, put

take the blame (for doing something)

to acknowledge that one is to blame for doing something. Do you really expect for me to take the blame for something I didn't do?
See also: blame, take

lay the blame on somebody/something

also lay the blame at somebody's door
to say that someone or something is responsible The president seemed to lay the blame for the shootings on video games and TV shows.
Related vocabulary: lay something at somebody's door
See also: blame, lay, on

lay something on somebody

to blame someone for something lay something at somebody's door Don't lay that on me! I wasn't even there when it happened.
See also: lay, on

A bad workman blames his tools.

something that you say when someone blames the objects they are using for their own mistakes 'This oven burns everything.' 'You know what they say, a bad workman blames his tools.'
See also: bad, blame, tool, workman

lay on

1. Cover with, apply; also, use. For example, He decided to lay on a second coat of primer, or She laid on a thick Southern accent. [c. 1600] Also see lay it on thick.
2. Inflict blows, attack, as in "Lay on, Macduff; and damn'd be him that first cries, 'Hold, enough!'" (Shakespeare, Macbeth, 5:8). [Early 1200s]
3. Impose or cast something on someone, as in The government laid a tax on landholders, or Dad had a way of laying the guilt for his shortcomings on his partners. This usage is also found in lay or put the blame on someone , as in Nancy could always find someone to lay the blame on, or Jerry put the blame on Bill. [1300s]
See also: lay, on

put the blame on

see under lay on, def. 3; put it to, def. 3.
See also: blame, on, put

to blame, be

Be responsible for or guilty of something wrong or bad, as in Obviously the teacher was to blame for the chaos in the classroom, or Mary was not to blame for these errors. [Early 1200s]

lay on

v.
1. To place or spread something on a flat surface: I laid my notebooks on my desk and sat down to work.
2. To apply some modification to appearance or behavior: The concierge laid on a strong French accent to fool us. She laid the charm on pretty thick, but I saw through it.
3. To prepare something, usually in an elaborate fashion; arrange something: The caterers laid on cocktails for 50 guests at the last minute.
4. Slang To present or reveal something to someone thoroughly or heavily; confront someone with something: He laid his standard questions on them. The reviewer certainly laid on the criticism, didn't she? I want to know everything that happened, so lay it on me.
See also: lay, on

blame shifting

n. a process in business and government wherein the blame for something bad is shifted from person to person. (A coinage that has appeal because it fills the need to express the concept succinctly.) Can’t we have a decent argument without your constant blame shifting?
See also: blame, shift

to blame

1. Deserving censure or disapproval; at fault: an investigation to determine who was to blame for the leak.
2. Being the cause or source of something: A freak storm was to blame for the power outage.
See also: blame
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Salisbury concurred and wrote to the Queen "that all Prince William's impulses, however blamable and unreasonable, will henceforth be political causes of enormous potency: & the two nations are so necessary to each other, that everything that is said to him must be carefully weighed.
As Blackstone long ago observed, an act that is ma/a in se is not made more blamable by being also illegal.
there is seldom a case of a juvenile offender in which I am not well satisfied that the parents, or person having the child in charge, is most blamable - they take no pains to make him attend school.
While Allen, as the scriptwriter, is blamable for the New Age banality with which this premise is fleshed out, it is his calm, elegant, strongly centered dancing that anchors the work.
The wolf is an ideal target: it is tangible, it is blamable, and it is real.
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La causerie a ete animee par le Professeur Mohamed Yssef, secretaire general du Conseil Superieur des Oulemas qui a traite du theme "La societe civile au service des principes religieux", partant du verset du Saint Coran : ''Que soit issue de vous une communaute qui appelle au bien, ordonne le convenable et interdit le blamable, car ce sont ceux qui reussiront''.
Cette cohabitation conjoncturelle, loin d'etre blamable, du reste, tardait, pour autant, a fructifier toutes les attentes d'une metropole aux exigences galopantes.
If self-aware enough to contemplate his own guilt, is he not all the more blamable for deliberate crime?
To exclude the Jews from civil rights, on the one hand, would rather be to confirm the isolation with which they have been reproached--a result for which the state refusing them rights would be blamable and reproachable, because by so refusing, it would have misunderstood its own basic principle, its nature as an objective and powerful institution.
The main factor blamable for failure in press media business is poor management, made up of non professional people.
The extensive destruction of forests is blamable mainly on poor management by HPH or logging companies and the government policy in allowing too many timber processing companies to operate.