it is easy to find a stick to beat a dog
- (rare or obsolete, proverb) If a person is determined to punish someone, they will find a way to do so.
- 1596 — William Shakespeare, Henry VI, part Two, Act iii Scene 1 (First Folio edition)
- The ancient Prouerbe will be well effected,
A Staffe is quickly found to beat a Dogge.
- 1749 — Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Book III ch v
- For all this, however, poor Tom smarted in the flesh; for though Thwackum had been inhibited to exercise his arm on the foregoing account, yet, as the proverb says, It is easy to find a stick, &c. So was it easy to find a rod; and, indeed, the not being able to find one was the only thing which could have kept Thwackum any long time from chastising poor Jones.
The one who wants to blame someone can always find an error in him