Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

pin (something) on (somebody)

pin something on somebody
Meaning(s)
1) blame somebody for something
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    • pin the blame on somebody
  • Analysis
    If you ‘pin something on somebody’ it means to blame someone for something or to make them responsible for something - often unfairly. You can ‘pin the blame on somebody’ for example. If you pin something on someone you force them to carry a label or stigma that they did not agree to or make someone responsible for something unjustly.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. I did nothing wrong! I'm not going to let you pin this on me!
    2. The court found that the police had pinned the murder on the woman's boyfriend without adequate evidence.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. I'm seen as being expendable, so no doubt management are going to pin the blame for the project's failure on me.
    2. We are not interested in pinning the blame on anyone here but we do need to understand what exactly went wrong so we can ensure the same situation doesn't arise again.
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