1 responsibility for sth wrong

It's his own stupid fault his car was stolen—he should have kept it locked.


It was my entire fault. I ruined everything.

lie with sb

The fault lay not with her but with her manager.

at fault

The party at fault in a court case usually pays the other party's legal costs.

through sb's fault

Many of the soldiers died through his fault.

without fault

Having made an error of judgement she was not without fault in the matter.

be all sb's fault, be entirely sb's fault

It's all your own fault, you know.

be largely sb's fault, be partly sb's fault
fault on sb's part (law)

the absence of fault on the part of the prosecution

through no fault of your own

people who, through no fault of their own, have lost their homes

2 weakness in sb's character
big, great

Her great fault was that she thought too much of herself.

My biggest fault was my laziness.


We all have our faults.

be blind to, overlook

He is blind to his son's faults.

She was prepared to overlook his faults.

point out

No one had ever pointed out my faults to my face before.

accept, acknowledge, admit, admit to, realize, see

At least he admits to his faults.

I have to accept and realize my faults.

fault in

Incorrectness in speech was considered a great fault in a gentleman.

for all sb's faults

For all her faults (= in spite of her faults) she was a great woman.

to a fault

He is generous to a fault (= perhaps too generous).

3 sth wrong or not perfect with sth
major, minor
dangerous, serious

a common fault with this type of machine

glaring, obvious

These are just a few of the glaring faults that ruined the movie for me.


The only real fault of the book is its looseness of structure.

design, electrical, mechanical, structural, technical (all esp. BrE)

Of course, minor mechanical faults sometimes occur.


The engine has a serious fault.


The car soon developed another fault.

look for
detect, diagnose, discover, find, identify, locate

They've found a major fault with the electrical system.

When she tested the recorder she could find no fault with it.

find, pick (BrE)

My mother did nothing but find fault with my manners.

He's deliberately picking fault with the meal to get a reduction on the bill.

correct, fix, rectify (esp. BrE), repair

We're trying to correct the faults in the program.

report (esp. BrE)

You should report any fault directly to the phone company.

lie in sth

The fault lay in the structure of the economy.

fault in

Diabetes is caused by a fault in the insulin production of the body.

fault with

She was always finding fault with his manners.

for all its faults

For all its faults (= in spite of the faults), we love this city.

4 in tennis

Even tennis champions sometimes serve double faults.

5 geology
earthquake, geological
system, zone

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