point the finger at (one)

point the finger at (one)

To indicate that one is guilty of (doing) something; to blame or accuse one of (doing) something. She'll say that she doesn't blame anyone, but I know that, in her heart, she points the finger at me. Now, I'm not pointing the finger at anyone in particular, but someone here has been stealing food from the communal refrigerator.
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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

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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point the finger at someone

COMMON If you point the finger at someone, you blame them for a mistake they have made or accuse them of doing something wrong. Nobody can point the finger at us for doing anything we shouldn't have. Note: You can also say, for example, that you point the finger of blame or the finger of suspicion at someone. It would be easy to point the finger of blame at individuals. Note: When people blame or accuse each other in this way, you can refer to this as finger-pointing. Whether or not the investigation succeeds, it is bound to lead to finger-pointing and backbiting.
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point the finger

openly accuse someone or apportion blame.
1998 Spectator Reason suggests that one should point the finger at those who whipped up the emotion in the first place.
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point a/the ˈfinger (at somebody)

say you think somebody is responsible for something; accuse somebody of doing something: It was his wife who pointed the finger at him in the end.
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