point the finger at

point the finger at someone

Fig. to blame someone; to identify someone as the guilty person. Don't point the finger at me! I didn't take the money. The manager refused to point the finger at anyone in particular and said that everyone was sometimes guilty of being late.
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point the finger at somebody

to blame someone Critics were quick to point the finger at the directors when the theater started losing money.
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point the finger at somebody

to accuse someone of being responsible for something bad that has happened Critics were quick to point the finger at the board of directors when the theatre started losing money.
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point the finger at

Attach blame to, accuse, as in When they asked her who broke the window, she pointed the finger at Tom. Also see put the finger on.
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According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Vaughan said that he hates it when captains point the finger at players, which is one of the things that he wants changed in the game, adding that Clarke has done the same on a number of occasions and needs to stop it.
It is dumb to point the finger at the government and generalise.
But both the Czechs and Scotland need the points to qualify so we have to take both games seriously so nobody can point the finger at us.
Holt wasted a golden chance to claim all three points against More cambe, but skipper Coughlan refused to point the finger at their 26-goal striker.
In the days of hanging, I suspect if this was the case then no-one would have gone to the gallows because there would always have been a ready syndrome to point the finger at.
These two deserve each other: But as my mother used to say, When you point the finger at someone, there are three pointing back at you.
Let me point the finger at these six companies, though, as taking a laudable step forward in consideration of the customer.
Twice as many people blame retailers for sweatshops compared to four years ago, but a growing majority still point the finger at manufacturers, according to a Marymount University poll released in January.
While overfishing is one reason for the decline in fish populations, experts also point the finger at another culprit: polluted runoff, or non-point-source pollution.
Two reports, also published in the May 17 Cell, point the finger at a molecule called MuSK.
It is easy to point the finger at piracy but factors like the gradual erosion of music dedicated shelf space in big retailers like HMV and Virgin and its replacement with DVD's, book, games and mobile phones cannot be ignored.
She said it was "inappropriate" to point the finger at a world tragedy.
And if they're scared, they should say so and not point the finger at Oscar and say it's his fault.
Bill Taylor, chairman of the West Lancs community safety partnership, branded the vandals "low-lifes" and says he hopes members of the public will point the finger at those responsible.
Britain's 400,000 teachers will now be graded good, average or poor after schools inspectors proved reluctant to point the finger at failures.