How to use
to say or think that someone or something is responsible for something bad
Don't blame me - it's not my fault.
I blame his mother. She does everything for him.
blame somebody/something for something
Marie still blames herself for Patrick's death.
The report blames poor safety standards for the accident.
The decision to increase interest rates was
blamed by many people
for the crisis.
blame something on somebody/something
One of the computers is broken and she's blaming it on me.
The crash was blamed on pilot error.
somebody/something is to blame (for something)
used to say that someone or something is responsible for something bad
Officials believe that more than one person may be to blame for the fire.
partly/largely/entirely etc to blame
Television is partly to blame.
I don't blame you/you can hardly blame him etc
used to say that you think it was right or reasonable for someone to do what they did
'She's left her husband.' 'I don't blame her, after the way he treated her.'
You can hardly blame him for not waiting.
don't blame me
used when you are advising someone not to do something but you think that they will do it in spite of your advice
Buy it then, but don't blame me when it breaks down.
somebody only has himself/herself to blame
used to say that someone's problems are their own fault
If he fails his exams, he'll only have himself to blame.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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