acquit (one) of (something)

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acquit (one) of (something)

To determine that one is not guilty of a crime or other wrongdoing. Everyone in the courtroom was shocked when the jury acquitted the defendant of murder. After hearing the prosecution's flimsy argument, the jury has to acquit me of this crime! I thought it was a gross miscarriage of justice to acquit the men of murder, in light of all the evidence connecting them to the scene of the crime.
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acquit someone of something

to establish someone's innocence of a criminal charge or the blame for some wrongdoing. The investigator acquitted Wally of the charges.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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