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hold (someone) responsible (for someone)
To deem someone accountable for something; to blame someone for something. I don't care if Vince is trying to blame this blunder on his staff—I hold him responsible. Who do we hold responsible for this blunder?
The person, group, organization, country, etc., that is liable for something, the source of something, or the authority over someone or something. If you take a piece of equipment out of the office, you are the responsible party should something happen to it. The investigation identified several banks as responsible parties in the start of the financial crisis. It is the responsible party's duty to be aware of and understand the benefits and limitations of the insurance policy before making a claim.
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hold someone accountable (for something)and hold someone responsible (for something)
to consider someone responsible for something; to blame something on someone. I hold you accountable for John's well-being. I must hold you responsible for the missing money.
hold someone responsible
(for something) Go to hold someone accountable (for something).
the person or organization responsible or liable for something. I intend to find the responsible party and get some answers to my questions. Mary sued the responsible party in the car crash.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
- hold (someone) responsible (for someone)
- hold responsible
- put the blame on
- put the blame on (someone or something)
- place the blame on
- place the blame on (someone or something)
- place the blame on (someone or something) for (something)
- place the blame for (something) on (someone or something)
- point the finger at (one)