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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President al-Assad underlined the importance of working to comply with the laws by everyone away from selectivity and favoritism which requires more field visits as to help in exposing the corrupted persons and bringing them to account, fighting against bureaucracy and waste in state institutions, ending irregularities and encroachment on public properties and developing an adequate cooperation mechanism between the local administration institutions and the Ministry of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection to curb prices in the interests of citizens.
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