At Fault

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At Fault

Describing a person or company that is legally liable for a situation. For example, if Joe trips Bob (deliberately or not) and Bob breaks his arm, Joe may be considered at fault and may be required to pay Bob's medical bills.
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Beauty that makes holy earth and heaven May have faults from head to feet.
Then hang up Fangs,'' said Cedric, turning hastily towards the swineherd, ``if the fault is his, and get thee another dog.
She went to a shelf and took down a heavy quarto, bound in black leather, and inscribed, in red letters, MY FAULTS.
The fault of Euphemia is that she will not, simply will not, chop the suet sufficiently small.
His fault was more thoughtless than wicked, but that did not alter the fact that he had committed a fault.
It is true that the latter had assumed much more of the fault than was rightly his, but if he lied a little he may be excused, for he lied in the service of a woman, and he lied like a gentleman.
Persons don't make their own faces, and it's no more my fault if mine is a good one than it is other people's fault if theirs is a bad one.
I could simply scratch that woman's eyes out, and to say it's my fault is most unfair.
And again every detail of his quarrel with his wife was present to his imagination, all the hopelessness of his position, and worst of all, his own fault.
But I know they'll none of 'em take my chany," she added, turning toward the cups and saucers, "for they all found fault with 'em when I bought 'em, 'cause o' the small gold sprig all over 'em, between the flowers.
It is no matter that the place is joyless for him; that he is weary of the old wooden houses, the mud and dust, the dead level of site and sentiment, the chill east wind, and the chillest of social atmospheres; -- all these, and whatever faults besides he may see or imagine, are nothing to the purpose.
I meant to say, if you have no compassion for his mother; or if his faults - you have been bitter on them -'