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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.
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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?
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IT is not the dogs that are to blame for mess, but a small percentage of people who refuse to conform to a civilised society.
Robert Middleditch, vice-chairman of SongBird Survival, added, 'As a farmer, I know it is not just modern agricultural practices that are to blame.
With rare exceptions, because of our silence, we bishops and priests are to blame.