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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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Those who have the power to change it, those who have been entrusted with the stewardship of this community, are called to account.
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.
Maria Ludkin, GMB National Officer for Legal and Corporate Affairs, said: "Finally, construction companies will be called to account for their systematic campaign to wipe out union organisation on construction sites.
BRAZIL'S baffling disciplinary procedure was laid bare last week when Andres D'Alessandro was called to account for his shameful antics during the Copa Brasil final.
ADEATH driver is unlikely to be called to account for his actions which killed a family man after the grieving family said they did not want him to appear at the inquest.
Almost certainly, they will be called to account this week.
The culture of cover-up and failure in the council and quangoville will only end when those responsible are called to account, not just paid off or allowed to slip away in the dark.
Duty on green fuels should be slashed, HGVs and vans, which produce a third of all the UK's CO2, should be called to account and the Government should offer income tax rebates to buyers of ecocars.
We live in a world saturated in blame culture where nothing ever happens without someone having to be called to account.
If the president is guilty of the offenses charged against him, he must be called to account under the Constitution for the commission of `high crimes and misdemeanors.
Noting that the current Board must be called to account for the Company's dismal operating results and poor corporate governance record, Mr.