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a bad workman always blames his tools

If someone performs a job or task poorly or unsuccessfully, they will usually lay the blame on the quality of their equipment, or other such external factors, rather than take responsibility for their 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.
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a bad workman blames his tools

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

People say a bad workman blames his tools when someone says that something they have done is not of good quality because they did not have the correct things to do it with, to mean that it is really because they did not have enough skill. Complaining about the poor script, he added: `But they say a bad workman blames his tools.'
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a bad workman blames his tools

someone who has done something badly will seek to lay the blame on the equipment rather than admit to their own lack of skill. proverb
A similar 13th-century French proverb observed mauveés ovriers ne trovera ja bon hostill , ‘bad workmen will never find a good tool’, and variants of this early saying can be found in English until the mid 19th century until the emergence of the modern version.
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There have been instances where teachers have approached labour courts to challenge their termination or the non-availability of benefits guaranteed to workmen, only to be told that since teachers apply their intellectual capacity in teaching hence they are not workmen and thus not entitled to any benefits given to workmen.
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I take great exception to his inference that we workmen somehow pose a threat to the integrity of the betting ring, and his argument that the authorisation of workmen will remove undesirables and prevent illegal betting is very weak.