lay (something) at (one's) feet

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lay (something) at (one's) feet

To make or hold someone responsible for something. With every other department losing money each year, the managers have laid the company's success at our team's feet. Because I'm their elected official, voters are quick to lay any economic woes at my feet.
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lay something at someone's feet

 and put something at someone's feet 
1. Lit. to place something on the ground in front of someone. The cat came up to me and laid a mouse at my feet. The dog put a rabbit at my feet.
2. Fig. to hold someone responsible for something. I am going to lay this matter at your feet. You are clearly to blame. I will put this matter at your feet. It is your fault.
See also: feet, lay
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I dreamt I saw the children in the school and in the street, Hurling bombs and bullets while the dead lay at their feet.
Their activities largely involved playing a bit off-key while raising their bows sharply in the air, spinning around the sheet music which lay at their feet, and frequently picking up and moving or even lifting above their heads their impressive, burnt-chestnut double basses.
Three brook trout lay at their feet, heartbreakingly beautiful with their red and blue spots, olive backs melting into cream-colored bellies, and brilliant orange fins edged in black and white.