take to court

take (someone or something) to court

To sue or initiate legal proceedings against someone or an organization. He took the company to court for using his likeness without his permission. My father wants to take Olivia to court to force her to relinquish her role as executor of his estate.
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take someone to court

to sue someone; to force someone to appear in court. I will take you to court if you persist in pestering my client. Don was taken to court in a negligence suit.
See also: court, take