lay something at someone's door

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 door

COMMON If you lay something at someone's door, you blame them for it. The paper says the blame for the riot must be laid at the door of the government. The robberies were now laid at Brady's door.
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lay something at someone's door

regard or name someone as responsible for something.
This phrase may have arisen from the practice of leaving an illegitimate baby on the doorstep of the man who was identified as its father.
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