bring a charge against
bring a charge against (someone)
To officially or publicly claim that another person has committed a crime or misdeed. He broke into my house—of course I'm bringing a charge against him! After our argument this morning, I'm sure that Karen is going to bring a charge against me to the boss.
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bring a charge against someone or something
to file a complaint against someone or a group; to begin a legal process against someone or a group. (A charge can also be charges even if only one charge is involved.) We brought a charge against the town council. Sam brought charges against Jeff.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.