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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
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Patel, Moussa, and Upadhyay call us to account for differential complicities in the unrelenting racial logic of settler colonial capitalism that Alien Capital exposes.
Allah will call us to account with His Almighty Justice not with oppression.
The more you call us to account for our sins and challenge us to be true to the values of our tradition, the more you show your commitment to our friendship.
If we fail to achieve this success, our children will call us to account for this," he said.
You'll find in Jeff Guntzel's piece lots who love us, but also those whose reservations and analyses call us to account.
He said: "I hope the public will see this as a major step forward and will take the opportunity to call us to account.
I believe in a God who is a Thou, a covenanting God, a God who can call us to account because He/She can be called to account.
And issuing his own challenge, Mr Dewar said: "This will allow the people of Scotland to judge our progress and, I say unashamedly to you, call us to account if that is necessary.
English has repeatedly been characterized as inexplicit in our teaching, and those studying us generally call us to account for the power dynamics of that pedagogy (see Wilder 133 and Murray 123).