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accuse (one) of (something)

To blame one for a crime or wrongdoing. I can't believe he would accuse me of stealing money out of his wallet. Don't accuse him of lying without any evidence.
See also: accuse, of

he who excuses himself accuses himself

proverb By apologizing, one admits that they have done something wrong. No, if you apologize to Mom, then she'll know that you were the only who scratched up her car. He who excuses himself accuses himself!
See also: accuse, excuse, he, himself, who
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accuse someone of something

to charge someone with a crime, a violation of rules or instructions, or doing something wrong. Please don't accuse me of forgetting to lock the door.
See also: accuse, of

He who excuses himself accuses himself.

Prov. By apologizing for something, you admit that you did it. Maybe I should tell my boss I'm sorry for breaking the copy machine. On the other hand, he who excuses himself accuses himself.
See also: accuse, excuse, he, himself, who
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The identify of Kane's accuser has been withheld by law enforcement as the investigation by the Hamburg Police and the Erie County District Attorney's Office moves forward.
But preventing an accuser's sexual history from entering into an investigation or prosecution is not the same as providing anonymity.
That is why justice systems - at least in democracies - typically demand that the accused be able to face his or her accuser. Why, for example, in a case that is so dependent on public opinion - and on which so much depends - must Assange face allegations that may have grave consequences for him, while his accusers remain hidden?
Michael Jackson's accuser Gavin Arvizo is having 'a difficult time' dealing with the not guilty verdict against the pop singer, the prosecutor in the molestation case said yesterday.
Travel consultant Cynthia Montgomery told Michael Jackson's child abuse trial that she was asked to arrange a one-way trip to Brazil for Jackson's accuser Gavin Arvizo and his family, but the journey was abruptly cancelled.
The mother of Michael Jackson's accuser rejected a final attack on her credibility at the pop star's child abuse trial.
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MICHAEL Jackson's accuser Gavin Arvizo was due back on the witness stand as defence attorney Thomas Mesereau continues his crossexamination.
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