point the finger

point the finger at (one)

To indicate that one is guilty of (doing) something; to blame or accuse one of (doing) something. She'll say that she doesn't blame anyone, but I know that, in her heart, she points the finger at me. Now, I'm not pointing the finger at anyone in particular, but someone here has been stealing food from the communal refrigerator.
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point the finger

openly accuse someone or apportion blame.
1998 Spectator Reason suggests that one should point the finger at those who whipped up the emotion in the first place.
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point a/the ˈfinger (at somebody)

say you think somebody is responsible for something; accuse somebody of doing something: It was his wife who pointed the finger at him in the end.
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References in classic literature ?
But, now that fortune had cast in his way a nameless orphan, at whom even the meanest could point the finger of scorn, he retorted on him with interest.
There is no-one to point the finger at, we all know Africa is haphazardly represented on the international stage.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Vaughan said that he hates it when captains point the finger at players, which is one of the things that he wants changed in the game, adding that Clarke has done the same on a number of occasions and needs to stop it.
It is dumb to point the finger at the government and generalise.
But both the Czechs and Scotland need the points to qualify so we have to take both games seriously so nobody can point the finger at us.
WHILE I feel desperately sorry for the mother of missing Kirkheaton teenager Kerrie White, I consider that it is unfair to point the finger at social services.
Holt wasted a golden chance to claim all three points against More cambe, but skipper Coughlan refused to point the finger at their 26-goal striker.
It is easy to point the finger and say that he and his girlfriend should not have been taking drugs but none of that takes away the agony he must have felt about her death.
ALL five suspects in Clare's attempted murder - Calvin, Louise, Max, OB and Warren - are released without charge, but then the devious schemer wakes from her coma and is quick to point the finger at Warren.
I point the finger in their face and say, 'You helped this happen," he said on Robertson's television show, The 700 Club.
The people who point the finger do so without any shred of evidence.
When it comes time to point the finger, DiLorenzo blames a long list of U.
In the days of hanging, I suspect if this was the case then no-one would have gone to the gallows because there would always have been a ready syndrome to point the finger at.
Let me point the finger at these six companies, though, as taking a laudable step forward in consideration of the customer.