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summon someone before someone or something

to request or order someone to appear before someone or a group. The president summoned the committee before her. The judge summoned Donna before the court.
See also: before, summon

summon someone to someone or something

to order or request someone to come to someone or something. Uncle Fred summoned the waitress to him. He summoned her to our table.
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summon something up

to call forth particular qualities, such as strength, courage, wisdom, etc. She summoned her courage up and went into the room. Liz summoned up all her courage.
See also: summon, up

pluck/screw/summon up (your/the) ˈcourage (to do something)

force yourself to be brave enough to do something: I had liked her for a long time, and eventually I plucked up the courage to ask her out.I finally screwed up my courage and went to the dentist.
See also: courage, pluck, screw, summon, up

summon up

To call something forth; evoke something: I summoned up my courage and dove into the deep water. At first I couldn't remember the telephone number, but I summoned it up by concentrating very hard.
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The IRS can issue a summons directly to a taxpayer, to witnesses, and to third-party recordkeepers.
RIYADH: Judges and law experts said that court summons detailing a criminal or civil case delivered to defendants would lead to fewer sessions because defendants can prepare their evidence better and be prepared.
The summons, a rare imposition for the powerful agency, has stirred speculation of a power struggle between Erdogan, who controls the service, and elements in the judiciary and police.
Rather than dismissing the charges, the judges issued orders for emergency jury summons to local residents who were of legal age and not exempt by law.
to summon MYSPACE in the United States to appear [at the Paris forum] on a fixed date, at a hearing which was to take place the following June 15, the President of the Paris District Court only gave that leave subject to the 'delivery' of the summons before May 16, 2007, at 1400 hrs, that condition being explained by the concern to comply with the principle of Contradictory Proceedings.
The upper house's Financial Affairs Committee voted Tuesday to summon Nukaga as a sworn witness Monday by a majority of votes by the opposition parties and with the absence of the ruling parties.
NAB used its 1999 Ordinance to summon Shehbaz Sharif who is accused of canceling the successful auction of Ashiana Iqbal project.
He noted that as the Tamil language is considered an official language in the country, this summon should have been issued to the journalist in Tamil, so he can clearly understand what it said.
Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that it has launched a new release of the Ex Libris Summon discovery service to help libraries further address researcher and student needs and streamline operations.
The so-called summon feature gives a user an exciting glimpse into how driverless cars may work in the future.
KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga has decided to summon Minister of Refugees and Repatriation Jamahir Anwary over widespread corruption in the ministry, an official said on Wednesday.
The trial court, in its July 19 order, had said CBI's plea to summon the Ambani couple and 11 others as prosecution witnesses was essential for arriving at a just decision in the case.
The court also said there is no reason why summon was issued for the Army Chief even though Army Headquarters did not have the remotest connection in the case filed by ex- IAF official Dilawar Singh.
Baghdad (NINA) --MP Hanan al-Fatlawi announced that she officially demanded the parliament chairmanship to summon the Head and the Independent High Electoral Commission, Faraj al-Haidari, and some of its members on the background of financial an administrative corruption.
But instead, he sent his lawyer Kiogora Mugambi who told the court that the summon paper was not genuine.