more sinned against than sinning

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more sinned against than sinning

Less guilty than those who have injured one, as in It's true she took the money but they did owe her quite a bitin a way she's more sinned against than sinning. This expression comes from Shakespeare's King Lear (3:2), where the King, on the heath during a storm, so describes his plight.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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