call somebody to account

call to account

1. To confront or question one about one's wrongdoings. A noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "account." That's it—the next time I see Rachel, I'm calling her to account! I simply can't tolerate her selfish behavior any longer. I'm sure the boss is going to call me to account for my outburst during the meeting.
2. To blame one for something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "account." I was the lead salesperson, so I knew that I would be called to account when my team lost that big client.
See also: account, call, to
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call somebody to acˈcount (for/over something)

(formal) make somebody explain a mistake, loss, etc: His manager called him to account over the missing reports.
See also: account, call, somebody, to
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