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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The report also criticized US for spying on citizens, both at home and abroad, to a "massive and unrestrained" degree using its PRISM surveillance program, calling it a blatant violation of international law that seriously infringed human rights.
"Pat Robertson has never been in that group that has criticized us for our policies.