10 Words and Phrases for Criticizing and Blaming
Hi English learners! Welcome to a new lesson. We will look at some useful words and phrases for criticizing and blaming.
Here is the list:
- Get at someone
- Put someone down
- Come under fire
- Under siege
- Find fault with
- Point the finger at someone
- Face the music
Meaning: to say or think that somebody is guilty of doing or saying something bad.
- Whenever he eats too much, Sara’s husband blames her.
- The police blame the accident on the bus driver.
Meaning: to tell someone officially that they’ve done or said something wrong.
- The boy was reprimanded by the teacher for not listening.
- The journalist was reprimanded for insulting a foreign diplomat.
Get at someone
Meaning: to criticize someone repeatedly.
- My senior colleague is getting at me for days and I have no idea why.
- Drew tried to get at me but I didn’t let him.
Put someone down
Meaning; to criticise someone especially when other people are around.
- Abby was sick of her husband putting her down in front of her friends and decided to leave him.
- It was really nasty of you to put me down like that.
Meaning: to say something bad about someone to other people.
- Len’s flatmates badmouthed him to the landlord and now he’s got to find a new flat.
- If you bad-mouth your colleagues they might tell your boss a few things about you.
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Come under fire
Meaning: to be criticized.
- The minister has come under fire for his approval of the new law of taxes.
- The opposition came under fire from the government.
Meaning: to be criticized all the time or by many people.
- The journalist was under siege by lots of people for his article in the Daily Telegraph.
- The businessman remains under siege for money laundering.
Find fault with
Meaning: to complain about someone’s behaviour.
- The couple lived happily until she began to find fault with his behaviour.
- My mother is always finding fault with my manners.
Point the finger at someone
Meaning: to accuse someone of doing something bad.
- When the nuclear disaster happened, the executives pointed the finger at a few engineers.
- When the police asked him about the stolen goods he pointed the finger at his mates.
Face the music
Meaning; to accept criticism or responsibility for something you’ve done wrong.
- When they asked him about the night of the robbery, he decided to face the music and tell them all about it.
- Sooner or later, you’ll have to face the music and tell your mum about the broken window.