bring (one) to account

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bring (one) to account

To confront or question one about one's wrongdoings. That's it—the next time I see Rachel, I'm bringing her to account! I simply can't tolerate her selfish behavior any longer. I'm sure the boss is going to bring me to account for my outburst during the meeting.
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bring someone to account

Fig. to confront someone with a record of misdeeds and errors. The committee decided to bring Martha to account. Martha was brought to account by the committee.
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If there's no law to bring him to account, then she agrees to
Since then, there had been many attempts - both within Chile and abroad - to bring him to account for the deaths.
I suggest that instead of focusing on whether any new levels of bureaucracy would be created by the election of a Mayor, Coun Whitby should focus on the fact that his decisions affect hundreds of thousands of people in this city, but only a handful of those people can bring him to account at the ballot-box.
"We will continue our efforts to bring him to account if he is still alive.