lie at (one's) door

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lie at (one's) door

To be one's responsibility. Typically said of something negative. I'm the coach, and I called a bad play, so any blame for this loss lies at my door.
See also: door, lie

lie at somebody’s door

(formal) (of the responsibility for a mistake, etc.) belong to somebody: The main problem is the design of the building and the responsibility for that lies clearly at the architect’s door.
See also: door, lie
References in classic literature ?
If you have not so much, that may lie at his door, but you never told me what you had, so I have no reason to blame you if you have nothing at all.
Earlier this week Hadden admitted that some of the blame for this situation must lie at his door, when he pointed out that during his time in charge Scotland were yet to field the same hooker and second-row combination in two consecutive matches.
There are the not so insignificant issues of duplicitous bosses, mendacious friends, a very dead ex-employee and a diligent detective who is determined to find answers to a murder - answers that lie at his door.
This book's failure to explore these important issues reflects an all too common attitude that has provided Mugabe with the perfect escape from answering the serious charges that lie at his door.