lay a charge

lay a charge

To officially or publicly claim that another person has committed a crime or misdeed. He broke into my house—of course I'm laying a charge against him! We have to have all the facts available before we can decide whether to lay a charge or not.
See also: charge, lay

lay a charge

make an accusation.
1989 Tony Parker A Place Called Bird We have domestic assaults. The complainant lays a charge.
See also: charge, lay