blame

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noun
VERB + BLAME
get

My brother broke the window, but I got the blame.

accept, bear, shoulder, take

The company refused to accept any blame for the damage.

apportion (esp. BrE), attach, attribute, lay, pin, place, put

They placed the blame squarely on the doctor.

share

The government must share the blame for this confusion.

escape, shift

They tried to shift the blame onto someone else.

absolve sb from, absolve sb of

He was absolved of all blame.

BLAME + VERB
fall on sb, lie with sb, rest with sb

The blame lies with the police, who failed to act quickly enough.

PREPOSITION
blame for

He tried to escape blame for what he did.

PHRASES
lay the blame at sb's door (BrE)

The government tried to lay the blame at the door of the unions.

part of the blame, a share of the blame
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verb
ADVERB
unfairly, unjustly
partly
not really

You can't really blame them for not telling you.

widely

He is widely blamed for masterminding the attacks.

VERB + BLAME
can't, don't

‘I just slammed the phone down when he said that.’ ‘I don't blame you!’

can hardly

You can hardly blame Peter for being angry with her.

PREPOSITION
for

I don't blame Jack for the mistake.

on

Whenever something goes wrong, everyone blames it on me.

PHRASES
be to blame (for sth)

A spokesman said that bad weather was partly to blame for the delay.

be widely blamed for sth

The government has been widely blamed for the crisis.

Blame is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑enquiry, ↑report
Blame is used with these nouns as the object: ↑failure, ↑media, ↑problem, ↑system, ↑victim

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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