put the finger on (one)

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put the finger on (one)

To identify and accuse someone of doing something; to inform on someone to an authority figure. Don't you dare put the finger on me! I had nothing to do with the deal going sour. I fear my life is in danger now that I've put the finger on the mob boss.
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put the finger on someone

 and lay the finger on someone
Sl. to accuse someone; to identify someone as the one who did something. Tom put the finger on John, and John is really mad. He'd better not lay the finger on me. I didn't do it.
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put the finger on

Inform on, as in The witness put the finger on the defendant. [Slang; c. 1920] Also see put one's finger on.
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put the finger on someone

If you put the finger on someone, you tell someone in authority that they have done something wrong or blame them for something bad. A lot of people will point to the defeat and put the finger on the head coach. Their report put the finger on diesel pollution.
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put the finger on

inform against someone to the authorities. informal
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put the finger on someone

tv. to identify someone (for someone else, such as the police). (Underworld.) Tyrone put the finger on the killer, then got out of town fast.
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put the finger on

Slang
To inform on: The witness put the finger on the killer.
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