call to account


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Related to call to account: set out, in favor of, bring to account

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

(slightly formal)
to be forced to accept responsibility for something Davis published top-secret government information, but he was never called to account for this.
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 to account

1. To challenge or contest.
2. To hold answerable for.
See also: account, call