lay at door
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lay (something) at (one's) door
To assign blame or responsibility to one for something. The mayor wasn't directly involved, but the voters are going to lay this scandal at his door. We're short-staffed, so my boss is laying a lot of random stuff at my door.
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lay something at someone's doorand put something at someone's door
1. Fig. to blame a problem on someone; to hold someone responsible for something. (Alludes to someone laying incriminating evidence at the door of a guilty person, perhaps in the night.) I'm laying responsibility for this mess at your door! Don't put this at my door!
2. Fig. to give or assign a problem to someone for solving. I am going to lay this problem right at your door. You are the one who can settle it. I will put this business at your door and hope you can do something about it.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
- lay something at somebody's door
- lay something at someone's door
- lay (something) at (one's) door
- lay at someone's door
- put (something) at (one's) door
- lay blame for (something)
- place the blame for (something) on (someone or something)
- place the blame on (someone or something) for (something)
- lay blame
- put the blame on (someone or something)