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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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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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faulty

1. mod. fake. Faulty leather on this chair. Gimme the real stuff.
2. mod. wrong. No. You are just faulty about the number.
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at fault

1. Deserving of blame; guilty: admitted to being at fault.
2. Confused and puzzled.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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No wonder there are apprehension that in the years to come the decisions by our governments will be more faulty and their implementation even faultier.
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* Asian Wall Street Journal, 7 May 1990, Dominic Faultier: "The point of these elections is obscure, since it has been abundantly clear since last year that they would not be allowed to lead to any immediate change in the nature of the government."