To find fault

to find reason for blaming or complaining; to express dissatisfaction; to complain; - followed by with before the thing complained of; but formerly by at.
- Robynson (More's Utopia).

See also: Fault

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
But that sort of conduct is to the world's credit; therefore it is not well to find fault with it.
This work may, indeed, be considered as a great creation of our own; and for a little reptile of a critic to presume to find fault with any of its parts, without knowing the manner in which the whole is connected, and before he comes to the final catastrophe, is a most presumptuous absurdity.
Knightley loves to find fault with me, you know in a jokeit is all a joke.
The very next morning he began to be irritable, and seemed doing his best to find fault with his brother, attacking him on his tenderest points.
And as for the farm, if anything turns out wrong, as it can't but do in these times, there's nothing kills a man so soon as having nobody to find fault with but himself.
"Oh, don't say so, Priscilla," said Nancy, repenting that she had called forth this outburst; "nobody has any occasion to find fault with Godfrey.
"Do not find fault child," said Euryclea, "when there is no one to find fault with.
It is easy to find fault, if one has that disposition.
Zenobia, though doubtful of the girl's efficiency, was tempted by the freedom to find fault without much risk of losing her; and so Mattie came to Starkfield.
Of course this attitude is mainly borne out of love for the individual in their care but it shouldn't be forgotten that part of the reason is that people subconsciously realise that they are responsible for the actions of their pet and so, clearly, to find fault in them is to find fault in themselves.
He said the need to find fault "needlessly rakes up the past" and was not in the public interest.
He blasted critics for only trying to find fault in Duterte's actions.