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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"They want to bring us to book for mistakes they have committed in our absence and they want to prevent us from correcting their mistakes.
law, the MPs have the right to bring us to book if we fail to enforce the law,
Were you and I to be the unemployed, illiterate, ciderdrinking classes on a local sink estate, we'd be laughing at efforts to bring us to book because, we'd have sussed out years ago that the police were tired, dispirited, and had their hands tied by the wretched human rights legislation.