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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We work closely with partner agencies to ensure we catch people doing the wrong thing and bring them to account.
As a result, the present government set up the War Crimes Tribunal to bring them to account for their actions.
It equates with their practice of publishing the names of alleged wrongdoers months before they bring them to account, ignoring the principle of innocent until proven guilty.
If I can have the evidence as to who exactly did this I will certainly bring them to account.
Almost 1m images of child sex abuse have been examined in a bid to build up intelligence about offenders and bring them to account.
These companies still report record profits, yet nothing seems to be done to bring them to account.
The banks have had it far too easy for far too long, and now's the time to bring them to account.