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implicate (someone) in (something)

To intimate or show that someone has been involved in something, usually something nefarious. You know that evidence will implicate us in the crime, right? That's why we have to destroy it!
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implicate someone (in something)

to suggest that someone is involved in something. The mayor was implicated in the bribery scandal. Jane's essay implicated her teacher in the cheating scandal.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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NOT FIRST TIME"This is not the first time my mother has asked me to implicate a relative.
Bohm presented the hologram and ink in fluid stirring device analogies to provide perceptual insights into the meanings of wholeness, implicate and explicate order of his model.
``The banned riders didn't implicate Kieren, but I'm loathe to commit myself until I see the tape again.
Home-run champ Mark McGwire promised to use his influence to discourage kids from taking steroids and told the committee, "What I will not do, however, is participate in naming names and implicating my friends and teammates." Although slammed for stonewalling questions about his own drug use, McGwire took a position in the tradition of noncooperating witnesses in the witch-hunting 1950s who refused to implicate others for personal advantage.
The district court held that the Bureau's application of the statute did not implicate the Administrative Procedures Act and did not violate the ex post facto clause.
"This case does not implicate internal church governance; it implicates the relationship between a nonprofit public benefit corporation and its employees, most of whom do not belong to the Catholic Church," wrote Justice Joyce Werdegar for the majority.
These were by using: (a) Bohm's concepts of the implicate and explicate orders; (b) body-field relationships developed from a synthesis of field pattern profiles and physical measures; (c) complexity science in which "understanding is informed through multiple perspectives on the phenomenon that may manifest on the edge of conceptual or intellectual inconsistencies" (p.
Both implicate reinvention in the design process." White page, implicate - that's off the Mallarme soundtrack, too, but for Mallarme the white page wasn't simply the site of poetic creation or expression; rather it embodied the limits of poetry, limits he thought useful for writing both himself and poetry out of the picture.
His confession of not disclosing right age may implicate him in legal battle.
So far, nothing from the evidence presented earlier could link or implicate Kerwin)," Obejero said during an interview after the trial.
If they cannot discover and identify the culprit within the given time, they catch hold of a poor innocent person who has bad reputation and implicate him and claim success in catching the culprit within the time given to them.
investigator to implicate Damascus in the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik
coli: 1) one can authoritatively implicate a particular strain as a pathogen by (only) outbreak implication or by volunteer studies, but one cannot definitively prove by any data that a putative pathotype is not a human pathogen; and 2) the implication of pathogenicity for 1 strain is not sufficient to implicate any similar strain as a pathogen.
Four independent studies from the United States, Germany, and England implicate two genes in fostering dyslexia.
The system had been previously upheld by the state supreme court, which found that none of the restrictions denied to inmates on lower levels infringed on inmates' property or liberty interests and therefore did not implicate due process protection.