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at fault

Responsible for a problem, mistake, or other incident. The other driver was definitely at fault—I was just sitting at a red light when he rear-ended me! I know I was at fault, so I will apologize to Sara today.
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to a fault

To an extreme to excessive degree; more than is usual or necessary. Jim is polite to a fault—it can actually be a little bit irritating sometimes. The police sergeant is honest to a fault, following every regulation and guideline without question.
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find fault with (someone or something)

To find a problem or issue with someone or something; to judge someone or something harshly. Kristen will be single forever if she keeps finding fault with every man she dates. How could you find fault with this project? It met all of the requirements on the rubric.
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at fault

to blame [for something]; serving as the cause of something bad. I was not at fault in the accident. You cannot blame me.
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fault someone (for something)

to blame or criticize someone for something. I can't fault you for that. I would have done the same thing. He tended to fault himself for the failure of the project.

find fault (with someone or something)

to find things wrong with someone or something. We were unable to find fault with his arguments. Sally's father was always finding fault with her.
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generous to a fault

Cliché too generous; overly generous. My favorite uncle is generous to a fault. Sallyalways generous to a fault—gave away her lunch to a homeless man.
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at fault

Responsible for a mistake, trouble, or failure; deserving blame. For example, At least three cars were involved in the accident, so it was hard to determine which driver was at fault , or He kept missing the target and wondered if the sight on his new rifle was at fault. In Britain this usage was formerly considered incorrect but is now acceptable; in America it has been widespread since the mid-1800s. Also see in the wrong.
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find fault

Criticize, express dissatisfaction with, as in She was a difficult traveling companion, constantly finding fault with the hotel, meal service, and tour guides . [Mid-1500s]
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to a fault

Excessively, extremely, as in He was generous to a fault. This phrase, always qualifying an adjective, has been so used since the mid-1700s. Indeed, Oliver Goldsmith had this precise usage in The Life of Richard Nash (1762).
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to a fault

COMMON If someone has a good quality to a fault, they have more of this quality than is usual or necessary. She was generous to a fault and tried to see that we had everything we needed. He's honest to a fault, brave, dedicated, and fiercely proud of the New York Police Department.
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— to a fault

(of someone or something displaying a particular commendable quality) to an extent verging on excess.
1995 Bill Bryson Notes from a Small Island Anyway, that's the kind of place Bournemouth is—genteel to a fault and proud of it.
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at ˈfault

responsible for doing wrong, making a mistake, etc.; to be blamed: The inquiry will decide who was at fault over the loss of the funds.I don’t feel that I am at fault. After all, I didn’t know I was breaking a rule.
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to a ˈfault

(written) used to say that somebody has a lot, or even too much of a particular good quality: He was generous to a fault.
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find ˈfault (with somebody/something)

look for faults or mistakes in somebody/something, often so that you can criticize them/it: He’s always finding fault with the children, even when they are doing nothing wrong.I can find no fault with this essay; it’s the best I’ve ever read. OPPOSITE: sing somebody’s/something’s praises
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at fault

1. Deserving of blame; guilty: admitted to being at fault.
2. Confused and puzzled.
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find fault

To seek, find, and complain about faults; criticize: found fault with his speech.
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to a fault

To an excessive degree: generous to a fault.
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The geological structure in the area is complex, and the normal faults for which the fault throw is greater than 5 m.
Fault simulation algorithms can be divided into serial, parallel, deductive and concurrent [7].
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5 kV voltage level (in the USA), in order to collect data on typical fault currents on various surfaces.
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The plates along the San Andreas Fault are moving past each other at a rate of approximately 5 centimeters (2 inches) per year, causing the southern California city of Los Angeles to move northward.
Because there were no transformers involved, the mill process was exposed to whatever problems nature gave us, such as transients and faults on our transmission lines.
Using computer models compiled by the Southern California Earthquake Center, a pair of University of Massachusetts researchers warned on Tuesday that the seismic hazard along five lesser-known faults in the Los Angeles Basin might be underestimated.
which was argued by the law firm Willman and Arnold before the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas and allows the percentage of fault of even bankrupted companies to be taken into account when pro portion of blame is being assigned, may have implications for other states.
If a wire breaks during ply production, be it calendering or extrusion, it will show up as a spacing fault later in the process.
4GHz CPUs, 4 modules (2 x CPU Modules and 2 x IO modules) for full fault tolerance, 2 x 10/100 NICs, 2 x 10/100/1000 NICs, redundant video cards, external USB floppy, redundant 24X CD-ROMs, ESMPRO (our remote management software), 1 year hardware warranty, 1 year software maintenance warranty.
The "X" marks a fault that the TM identifies as "Not Fully Mission Capable (NMC)" The vehicle is in an inoperable condition until the fault is corrected.
Application phase: Explain that faults are often (but not always) found near plate boundaries and that each type of fault is frequently associated with specific types of plate movements.