a bad carpenter blames his tools(redirected from bad carpenter always blames tools)
a bad carpenter blames his tools
proverb Said of someone who performs a job poorly or unsuccessfully but lays the blame on external factors, rather than taking responsibility for their own failure. After John spent all day assembling his new desk only to discover it was lopsided, he immediately declared that the package must have contained the wrong pieces. His wife replied, "Only bad carpenters blame their tools, dear." The football player blamed the rainy weather for his poor performance, but as they say, a bad carpenter always blames his tools. When Mary blamed the oven for burning the turkey on Thanksgiving, her husband jokingly replied, "A bad carpenter always blames his tools."
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