blame shifting

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blame shifting

The act of exchanging accusations and blame, as between two or more parties, during a dispute or some undesirable event. After the team lost the match, there was a bit of blame shifting going on between the players and the coaches. The government parties prefer to partake in blame shifting during an economic crisis.
See also: blame, shift

blame shifting

n. a process in business and government wherein the blame for something bad is shifted from person to person. (A coinage that has appeal because it fills the need to express the concept succinctly.) Can’t we have a decent argument without your constant blame shifting?
See also: blame, shift
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But there is precious little sign of it happening as the cuts, blame-shifting and edicts pour forth.
I am tired of the blame-shifting and blown targets from the current mayor, and I am willing to carry the burden of building.
Stop the blame-shifting, and start being accountable.
Amidst noise in media of politicians of opposition parties, mainly the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz and Pakistan People's Party, amplified by empty arguments of talk show hosts who beyond their journalistic responsibility and ethics assuming the role of a spokesperson of a political party parrot on loop the narratives that have little or no worth beyond political whataboutery, blame-shirking and blame-shifting, there is Khan, quietly and steadily, doing what he promised to do before and after becoming the prime minister of a Pakistan that teeters on the precipice of an economic disaster of proportions unseen.
Leaders relying on 'it wasn't me' defence BIRMINGHAM City Council has been accused of blame-shifting for recent failures with one member comparing it to the hit song It Wasn't Me.
Compared with their finger-pointing and blame-shifting, the eruption of large-scale protests in France by "yellow vest" demonstrators, which marks the deepest crisis faced by Emmanuel Macron's presidency, is perhaps a more accurate pointer to the bundle of issues churning in the West's body politic.
Kenya, and the Rugby union, can in the usual form wring their hands and engage in blame-shifting or re strategise and build from the ground up.
Given that the previous DGMO level talk held last month had ended in routine blame-shifting, with India stating that 'firing by Indian troops was carried out in response to support given by the Pakistan Army to armed terrorists' and that it will continue its heavy retaliatory aggression, the current exchange is a refreshing change from the Pak-India finger pointing rhetoric, where the two contemporaries were unanimous in their statement committing to a mutual understanding, and heralds a much awaited period of amenable relations between the two neighbours over the issue of Kashmir.
Both the man and the woman engaged in blame-shifting (Genesis 3:12-13), neither of them owning up to their disobedience.
However, commenting on development, in what appears to be blame-shifting, he argues that what has actually been stalling development in Liberia is lack of political will of past leaders, who claimed they had vision to rebuild the country after the devastated civil war.
He's also clearly pitching his plans to his potential client's mix of paranoia and mendacious blame-shifting. The world of military contracting long predates Trump and Prince, as have its inherent challenges to accountability and democratic governance.
(39) The title, which suggests that the root of the problem is aggressive agencies rather than blame-shifting legislation, shows that blame-shifting is again at work.
On Twitter, he wrote: "Theresa May blame-shifting again.
He accused her of "blame-shifting again", saying "her spin doctors attack MI5, but she was in charge of them for years..." and hit out further by describing the killers as "known wolves".