take a warrant out on (one)

take a warrant out on (one)

To file a judicial writ for one to be arrested or detained. The police took a warrant out on the CFO after evidence of his embezzlement emerged. They're not going to take a warrant out on him unless you're willing to testify. Community services took warrants out on the children for them to be taken into custody by the state.
See also: on, out, take, warrant