bring (one) to book

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bring (one) to book

To confront or question one about one's wrongdoings, often as a precursor to punishment. That's it—the next time I see Rachel, I'm bringing her to book! I simply can't tolerate her selfish behavior any longer. I'm sure the boss is going to bring me to book for my outburst during the meeting. I just hope I don't get fired.
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bring to book

Call to account, investigate. For example, He was acquitted, but one day soon he'll be brought to book, or As for your records, the IRS is sure to bring you to book concerning your tax deductions. This term uses book in the sense of "a written record," such as an account book or ledger. [c. 1800]
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bring someone to book

bring someone to justice; punish someone.
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bring somebody to ˈbook (for something)

(formal, especially British English) make somebody explain their actions, or punish them: This is just another of the many crimes for which nobody was ever brought to book.
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bring to book

To demand an explanation from; call to account.
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References in classic literature ?
The late Compeyson having been beforehand with him in intelligence of his return, and being so determined to bring him to book, I do not think he could have been saved.
The 29-year-old debt collector, exposed by Sorted last week, is on the run after Blackpool Trading Standards tried to bring him to book.