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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

call someone to account

to ask one to explain and justify one's behavior, policy, performance, etc. The sergeant called the police officer to account. I called my workers to account for the accident.
See also: account, call

call to account

1. Hold answerable, as in One day soon we'll be called to account for the child's behavior: [Mid-1500s]
2. Challenge or contest, as in The IRS is bound to call us to account on these deductions. [First half of 1800s]
See also: account, call

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

call to account

1. To challenge or contest.
2. To hold answerable for.
See also: account, call
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Stewards are called to account for their stewardship.
While this complaint is not the final answer to impunity, it is recognition that high-ranking officials may well be the worst kind of law-violators and therefore must be called to account not simply by the usual insistence on their resignations but by subjecting them to criminal prosecution.
Some of the corporate scofflaws are being called to account, but that process has not as yet effectively deterred the rampant fraud associated with the program," says Rep.
Apart from the usual cellular offices and meeting rooms, the building houses a series of viewing suites, where broadcasts are monitored, and a court-like chamber where hearings are held and broadcasters called to account. Yet the seriousness of the brief is offset by whimsical details, such as the collection of boulders used as seats for watching television in the entrance lobby.
The truth must be known, perpetrators must be called to account, and victims must be recognized and provided with redress."
and he will be called to account to God for what he did and did not do." Imagine writing such a letter to the pope or a bishop today!
"However," says Hileman, "technology is also being called to account because corporations have not yet been able to measure the success of systems integrated into their business plans.
I believe in a God who is a Thou, a covenanting God, a God who can call us to account because He/She can be called to account. This is the God who speaks through Isaiah saying, "I form light and create darkness, make peace and create evil." It is this God of whom a bitter Yiddish proverb says, "If God lived on earth, people would break His windows." At the same time, I am curious about chaos, that chaos upon which the biblical God sets bounds but never eradicates.
Nuremberg's third incarnation, of course, the one now instantly summoned up by its name alone (which Kiefer has scrawled across the top of the canvas) was as the site of the war tribunal before which Nazism was finally called to account. Kiefer asks in his painting that we look evenly upon all three Nurembergs, all three Germanies.
In a similar vein, Angel, the pivotal character in Blues for an Alabama Sky, is called to account for her refusal to take responsibility for her actions.
Or does it mean the federal agencies responsible for sloppy science will be called to account for their misdeeds?
MUSLIM teachers have been implored to see their profession as a religious calling for which they would be called to account by Allah.
Are they just realising they may soon be called to account for the demise of Guisborough from a once pleasant town to live, to a town where people now just pop into?
A55, and now our appalling health service due to poor management (none of whom have been called to account for their incompetence).
It stands to reason then that when someone enters a work place and has a go for no good reason, they should always be called to account. Take Raymond Osbourne who walked into Cardiff 's A&E, which is always going to rank among the most intense and stressful locations for someone in this city to work.