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

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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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.

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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find fault

To seek, find, and complain about faults; criticize: found fault with his speech.
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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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Why should Peter Gilmour in his September Odds & Ends column ("One world, under God") find fault with those words "one nation, under God" that are part of the Pledge of Allegiance?
(I should, though; for there are always those who find fault.)
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Courts in several states, led by influential decisions in Minnesota[2] and Illinois,[3] began to question the old assumptions and find fault with ex parte interviews of physicians by defense counsel.[4] These courts reasoned, among other things, that there is an underlying duty of loyalty or a fiduciary obligation that binds the physician to the patient despite the exceptions in the physician-patient privilege and that there is or may be some residue of confidential information that the plaintiff did not consent to disclose by filing suit.
It did, however, find fault with the transaction itself because the ESOP's fiduciaries did not take into account the "cash drain" from anticipated future contributions to the ESOP to repay the ESOP loan and the company's guarantee of that loan.
Owners must realize that with the plethora of space available it is critical to act before tenants can find another deal or find fault with yours.
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Summary: New Delhi [India], Jan 17 (ANI): Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Wednesday condemned the Opposition's criticism of the Centre's move to end the Haj subsidy, saying that it's their habit to find fault in every decision taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government.
There are those who find fault because of convictions.
Had earlier got off the mark in a race that has worked out well and difficult to find fault with this unbeaten filly.
Some fans seemingly can find fault even when the team is doing well.