Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Fault.

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
(French, faute, Latin, fallo, to fail.)   1
   For fault of a better (Shakespeare: Merry Wives, i. 4). Having no better.   2
        “I am the youngest of that name, for fault of a worse.”—Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, ii. 4.
   In fault. To blame.   3
“Is Antony or we in fault for this?”
Shakespeare: Antony and Cleopatra, iii. 13.
   To a fault: In excess; as, kind to a fault. Excess of every good is more or less evil.   4
   To find fault. To blame; to express disapprobation.   5


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