take a warrant out for (someone or something)

take a warrant out for (someone or something)

To file a judicial writ for someone to be arrested or detained. The police took a warrant out for the CFO's arrest after evidence of his embezzlement scheme emerged. The sheriff took warrants out for the three men suspected of committing the bank robbery. The woman took a warrant out for her ex-husband, claiming that he had violated the terms of his restraining order.
See also: out, take, warrant