criticize (one) for (something)

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criticize (one) for (something)

To voice disapproval of one for a particular action. We have to be on time today because they always criticize us for being late. I was criticized for that mistake even though it wasn't my fault.
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criticize someone for something

to reprimand or censure someone for something. I hope you don't criticize me too severely for my part in this matter. Maria criticized Ken for not being there on time.
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CEBU CITY -- Vice President Jejomar Binay, criticized for deciding to stay in the Cabinet after a tirade against the Aquino administration, is redefining the meaning of opposition.
Bush has said President Barack Obama should not be criticized for the amount of golf he plays.
According to the Washington Times, the 67-year-old Republican told Jimmy Roberts, host of the Golf Channel's 'In Play', that Obama is being criticized for playing golf, but why, he asked.
The Maronite patriarch was also criticized for saying that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should be given a chance to carry out political reforms in the face of protesters demanding his ouster and for warning that the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria posed a threat to the Christians there.
He has sent troops to Iraq and has been criticized for not doing enough to help his country's native people.
We will get criticized but we'd rather be criticized doing our job than being criticized for not doing our job."
The President's $1.35 trillion tax cut, passed by Congress in 2001, was criticized for favoring the wealthy over the middle class.
And Mbeki has been widely criticized for his handling of South Africa's AIDS epidemic.
Mbeki has been criticized for not doing more to get medicine to AIDS victims.
The conservative Prime Minister has been criticized for not doing more to help refugees from Afghanistan and the Aborigines, Australia's original people.