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be brought to book
To receive a formal punishment for a misdeed or wrongdoing. I'm really worried that I'll be brought to book for my outburst during the meeting. I just hope I don't get fired.
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be brought to bookBRITISH
COMMON If someone is brought to book, they are punished officially for something wrong that they have done. No-one has yet been brought to book for a crime which outraged Italy. Note: Originally, if someone was brought to book, they were ordered to prove that something they had said or done agreed with a written rule or agreement.
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