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call to account

1. To confront or question one about one's wrongdoings. A noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "account." That's it—the next time I see Rachel, I'm calling her to account! I simply can't tolerate her selfish behavior any longer. I'm sure the boss is going to call me to account for my outburst during the meeting.
2. To blame one for something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "account." I was the lead salesperson, so I knew that I would be called to account when my team lost that big client.
See also: account, call

call someone to account

to ask one to explain and justify one's behavior, policy, performance, etc. The sergeant called the police officer to account. I called my workers to account for the accident.
See also: account, call

call to account

1. Hold answerable, as in One day soon we'll be called to account for the child's behavior: [Mid-1500s]
2. Challenge or contest, as in The IRS is bound to call us to account on these deductions. [First half of 1800s]
See also: account, call

call somebody to acˈcount (for/over something)

(formal) make somebody explain a mistake, loss, etc: His manager called him to account over the missing reports.
See also: account, call, somebody

call to account

1. To challenge or contest.
2. To hold answerable for.
See also: account, call
References in classic literature ?
At first they seemed rather confused at my appearance dreading no doubt that I might call them to account for the money which our Grandfather had left me and which they had unjustly deprived me of, but finding that I mentioned nothing of the Matter, they desired me to step into the Basket as we might there converse with greater ease.
But to rob him of home and friends and family and name - well, may God call them to account for it, and judge them as they judged him
This he said was an unaccountable neglect, and what God would certainly call them to account for, and perhaps at last take the work out of their hands.
Surely somewhere we should have recourse to go back to these people on an individual level to at least call them to account, if not to prosecute for allowing this entirely preventable mismanagement from occurring?