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a bad workman always blames his tools

Definition of a bad workman always blames his tools in English:

proverb A person who has done something badly will seek to lay the blame on their equipment rather than admit their own lack of skill.
Example sentences
  • I just cringe at the very sight of cheap painting tools mainly because the old saying that a bad workman always blames his tools is wrong!
  • My grandfather always taught me that a bad workman always blames his tools and the poor old Holstein cow is getting bad press because the type of Holstein a breeder may have ` built’ may not suit their management system or style.
  • To those who tell you abruptly, in passionate discussions between amateurs, that ‘you should never use a focal length shorter than a 28 mm, otherwise you'd get too much deformation’ we want to answer: c'mon guys, a bad workman always blames his tools, just look at the results obtained by Roger Hicks in Interior Shots with his 14 mm!
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