blame for

blame for (something)

To foist or assign responsibility or guilt for something on someone else (who can be mentioned between "blame" and "for"). My partner had been cooking the books for years, but because I was the CEO, I was blamed for our company's collapse. Don't blame me for your unhappiness—I told you not to take that job!
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the blame for (something)

The responsibility or guilt for something My partner had been cooking the books for years, but because I was the CEO, I got the blame for our company's collapse. I'm the coach, and I called a bad play, so I deserve the blame for this loss.
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*blame for something

the responsibility of having done something wrong or caused something bad to happen. (*Typically: accept ~; bear ~; shoulder ~; take~.) I absolutely refuse to shoulder the blame for the entire fiasco!
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blame someone for something

to hold someone responsible for something; to name someone as the cause of something. Please don't blame Jill for it. She blamed herself for everything that went wrong.
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References in classic literature ?
And what is most humiliating of all, to blame for no fault of my own but, so to say, through the laws of nature.
'I also believe that Buhari has nothing in stock for Nigerians in the next four years, the reason he has shifted his pastime of the blame for the failure to Saraki and Dogara.
public thinks the president and his party should shoulder blame for the shutdown while 29 percent are holding the Democrats in Congress accountable. 
Those Brexiters who have quit the government are only trying to avoid blame for the mess they have helped create.
According to the poll, 55 percent of respondents said Trump is to blame for the shutdown and 32 percent said Democrats are mostly to blame.
We blame for a variety of wrongs, in a variety of ways, and with a variety of consequences: one expresses disappointment with an unfaithful partner who then apologizes, another rants about injustice thereby alienating part of her Facebook community, a third turns inward in frustration with a neglectful parent who in turn mistakes her withdrawal for indifference.
For example, believing that if things go wrong then we must find someone to blame for causing the situation or that being wrong means that a person deserves less respect and compassion.
The broader finding -- that more than seven years after Bush left office, nearly two-thirds of Americans still think he deserves significant blame for economic issues -- speaks to the magnitude of the problems Obama inherited when he took office.
Companies benefit when they publicly accept blame for mistakes and poor performance, according to a new study from the University of Missouri.
Because the Tory-Lib Dem Government's war on pay and pensions is to blame for today's action.
When people observe others protecting their egos, it spreads, and then, the inevitable conclusion to this: your daily conversations, your Facebook timelines and Twitter feeds becoming permanently occupied by your friends and loved ones hysterically screaming, sometimes to no one in particular, about who they blame for this mess.
As the lack of evidence for an association between vaccines and ASD became apparent, blame for the condition shifted to alternative (but still vaccine-related) causes, such as the number and/or timing of vaccines.
She said: "I 'I'm not taking the blame for something I haven't done'."
WOY'S WOE: Fans feel Hodgson is to blame for their poor show
Whittingham (2003) describes the blame culture as one that "over-emphasizes individual blame for human error at the expense of correcting defective systems" (p.