I want to say something like this,

"Blaming people on the whole (all the people) is what he always does"

I mean the person is always judging/blaming all the people (or some specific group of people) for someone else's mistake.

I have seen some examples with "One the whole" like the below one,

On the whole, it was a good party. But it means Overall, it was a good party

"overall=generally speaking" which is not the meaning I'm looking for.

I'm looking for a word to mean all the people / whole people

So I want to know, Can I use "on the whole" here in the example to mean "all the people"?

"Judging people on the whole for someone else's mistake is not a good thing"

I have tried my best to explain this question. Sorry If I haven't made the question clear enough.

Please help me.


1 Answer 1


Well, "to blame on" is a phrasal verb, so i think that one must be the right one, and "the hole" it's just the adjective of a noun, as in this example:

•He BLAMED the dog ON THE WHOLE mess

  • He blamed the whole mess on the dog. And blame on is not a phrasal verb at all.
    – Lambie
    Commented Mar 24, 2018 at 16:24
  • Yes it is, you can look it up
    – J P
    Commented Mar 24, 2018 at 16:27
  • This is the problem with google and company, it can be very misleading And He blamed the dog on the whole mess is very, very unidiomatic. To blame something [direct object] on [someone or something]. This is just a fact, really.
    – Lambie
    Commented Mar 24, 2018 at 16:30

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