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build a case

To compile evidence that supports an argument or charges against someone or something. The job of the prosecutor is to build a case to prove that the defendant is guilty. We're trying to build a case because many employees have been wrongly terminated by the company.
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build a case (against someone)

 and gather a case (against someone)
to put together the evidence needed to make a legal or disciplinary case against someone. The police easily built a case against the drunken driver. As soon as we gather the case against her, we can obtain a warrant to arrest her.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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