bring to book
phrasal to compel to give an account

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • bring to book — index rebuke, reprehend Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • bring to book — phrasal : to compel to give an account or make an accounting after years of dishonest activity the man was finally brought to book and jailed * * * bring to book To bring to account • • • Main Entry: ↑book * * * bring (someone) to book chiefly… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bring to book — bring (someone) to book British & Australian to punish someone. A crime has been committed and whoever is responsible must be brought to book. (usually passive) …   New idioms dictionary

  • bring to book — idi to bring to justice …   From formal English to slang

  • bring to book — v. force to give account; ask for an explanation from …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bring to book —  Detect and punish …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • To bring to book — Book Book (b[oo^]k), n. [OE. book, bok, AS. b[=o]c; akin to Goth. b[=o]ka a letter, in pl. book, writing, Icel. b[=o]k, Sw. bok, Dan. bog, OS. b[=o]k, D. boek, OHG. puoh, G. buch; and fr. AS. b[=o]c, b[=e]ce, beech; because the ancient Saxons and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bring to account — phrasal 1. : to bring to book 2. : to reprimand especially for negligence or misconduct …   Useful english dictionary

  • bring to account — phrasal 1. to bring to book 2. reprimand …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bring someone to book — british phrase to punish someone, or to make them explain their behaviour publicly when they have done something wrong If policemen have lied, then they must be brought to book. Thesaurus: to punish someonesynonym punishment of being legally… …   Useful english dictionary

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