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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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Global Banking News-July 27, 2015--Bulgaria's national auditing body finds fault with nation's banking supervision
The federation mainly finds fault with the European Commission's plans to present, by the end of next year, new legislative proposals on national passenger transport and on total separation of infrastructure management and rail traffic.
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It begins with an introduction in which the author finds fault with interpretations of humanism and humanistic education by some scholars and agrees with others.
In the last area, Lasch-Quinn finds fault with what she sees as one of the basic tenets of multicultural education: that the public schools can and should build students' self-esteem through promoting ethnic identity.
And she finds fault with sex educators who treat teenage sexuality as simply uncontrollable rather than merely difficult to control.
Global Banking News-May 30, 2013--RBI finds fault with entire banking system(C)2013 ENPublishing - http://www.enpublishing.co.uk
The author finds fault with nearly everybody in and around the scientific arena.