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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Asif Ali Zardari demanded to arrest the planners and perpetrators of this attack and bring them to book.
He demanded the authorities to immediately arrest the assailants and bring them to book. He also sympathized with the bereaved family.
The chief minister directed police to arrest the persons involved in firing and bring them to book.
Dr Soomro further said that the Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah had already directed authorities concerned to track down the culprits who were behind the attack and bring them to book.
They'd meet secretly on the banks of the Stour - but the abbot found out about their affair and set out to bring them to book.
Officers targeted car thieves, burglars and those wanted for assault to bring them to book.
He hoped that Police and other security agencies will ferret out the killers and bring them to book.
CM Sindh also directed chief secretary to conduct an immediate inquiry into the matter to figure out real culprits and to bring them to book.
The Prime Minister directed the concerned to find the culprits behind this attack and bring them to book.
Tariq Ahmad demanded of the government to arrest the miscreants as soon as possible and bring them to book according to the law, adding that the government should protect the life of common man by adopting effective measures to get rid of the evil.
The Prime Minister directed the provincial government to submit a comprehensive report regarding the incident and track those responsible for this heinous crime and bring them to book.