reproach (someone or something) for (doing) (something)

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reproach (someone or something) for (doing) (something)

To scold, criticize, or express disappointment in or disapproval of someone, oneself, or some group or organization for some action, error, or wrongdoing. It filled me with guilt the way my mother reproached me for failing my exam. The federal court reproached the banks for their part in plunging the economy into recession, but stopped short of actually imposing any punishment or penalty. He reproached himself for saying such foolish things on his date.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

reproach someone for something

to rebuke or censure someone for something. She reproached ferry for gambling away all their money. She reproached herself mercilessly for her failure.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Houston knows how dressing rooms work and that's why he and LEVEIN had, in his estimation, nothing to reproach themselves for when the SFA decided two points from four World Cup qualifiers provided grounds for parting company with them and appointing Gordon Strachan.
RANGERS have absolutely nothing to reproach themselves for as they sift through a momentous season which promised so much for so long.
However, they having nothing to reproach themselves for as they showed through their tenacity and team ethic that they are very much the side to beat this season.
Davies' blast was strongly refuted by the Neath-Swansea region, who insist they have nothing to reproach themselves for.
If Arsenal have anything to reproach themselves for in the Champions League it is, as I said last week, their profligacy in earlier fixtures.
Mr Kuhne took the opportunity to express his regret that ratification of the Parliament's spending had been postponed last April under pressure "from those who have things to reproach themselves for, such as the Schumann Foundation, whose members used their report as a means to other ends".
"No one in the family or in the authorities can reproach themselves for what happened."
They asked the aged knife-grinder Jouvet, who had reportedly seduced "young folk" (5 February 1782), and the married merchant Mion, who had reportedly seduced soldiers (22 February 1782), if they did not have some cause to reproach themselves for misconduct, and both men answered negatively.
If Kushner were serious about his parallel between 1933 and 1990, it would follow that the Bazwalds of our own time should reproach themselves for a similar lack of initiative.
Fergie insisted he and his players have nothing to reproach themselves for after their 2-0 defeat of Arsenal last month sparked mayhem, leading to the United manager being showered with soup and pizza from the away team dressing-room.
England were yet again left to lick their wounds after a match of incredible drama, when Sven-Goran Eriksson's side battled to the last and had nothing to reproach themselves for - apart from their ability from the spot.
At least his team had nothing to reproach themselves for in their battling performance.
From time to time this season the Blues have frozen in front of the St Andrews' partisans but they need not reproach themselves for their failure to overcome Sunderland in last Saturday's goalless encounter.