be to blame

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be to blame

To be the cause of something harmful or unpleasant. I heard that slippery roads were to blame for the accident here this morning.
See also: blame, to
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to blame, be

Be responsible for or guilty of something wrong or bad, as in Obviously the teacher was to blame for the chaos in the classroom, or Mary was not to blame for these errors. [Early 1200s]
See also: to
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

be to ˈblame (for something)

be responsible for something bad: If anyone’s to blame, it’s me.Which driver was to blame for the accident?
See also: blame, to
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References in classic literature ?
I am to blame, and punish me, make me expiate my fault.
'It must sound strange to you; but yet I cannot think I am to blame,' he said.
"Then the affairs of your parish are neglected--and I am to blame!" she said.
Richard Wardour has discovered the truth; and Frank has paid the penalty with his life--and I, I alone, am to blame." She shuddered, and put her hand on her heart.
"Hush, Sancho," said Don Quixote in a weak and faint voice, "hush and utter no blasphemies against that enchanted lady; for I alone am to blame for her misfortune and hard fate; her calamity has come of the hatred the wicked bear me."
But it is I, above all, who am to blame for everything.
"I am to blame for forgetting your appointment and for not keeping my nerves under proper control." She paused for a moment and took a seat before she said her next words.
"I am to blame in this, Gania--no one else," said Ptitsin.
'Pakatan incited the public for 10 years not to pay PTPRN because of its promise to abolish this, but suddenly I am to blame again,' he wrote on Facebook.
Speaking after the 5-1 humiliation, the Portuguese coach said: "We played well but I am to blame. It is my total responsibility.
He said: "They insist I am to blame for the splitting leather.
Quinn added: "If I am to blame for any of it, all I can do is apologise for it.
"The fact is that we are owned by Merseytravel, I am to blame for that, I negotiated the deal with Neil Scales [former chief executive].