be to blame

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
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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?
See also: blame, to
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THE Coventry City coach driver fingered by Highfield Road boss Gordon Strachan as the man behind the club's amazing run of away form today admitted: "I might be to blame."