blame game

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  • IPA(key): /bleɪm ɡeɪm/
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blame game (plural blame games)

  1. (informal, idiomatic) A situation in which people attempt to blame others rather than trying to resolve a problem.
    • 1998 January, David Foster Wallace, “The Depressed Person”, in Harpers Magazine, page 58:
      She was, in addition, always extremely careful to share with the friends in her Support System her belief that it would be whiny and pathetic to play what she derisively called the "Blame Game" and blame her constant and indescribable adult pain on their parents' traumatic divorce or their cynical use of her.

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