charge (one) with (something)

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charge (one) with (something)

1. To officially accuse one of a crime. They finally caught Capone by charging him with tax evasion.
2. To assign one a particular task. Don't worry, I charged my top aide with that assignment, so we should have an update soon.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

charge someone with something

1. to place criminal charges against someone. The police charged Max with robbery.
2. to order someone to do a particular task. The president charged him with organizing the meeting. We charged her with locating new office space.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

charge with

1. Impose a duty or task on, as in He was charged with getting this message to the commissioners. [c. 1300]
2. Accuse of a crime, as in He was charged with creating a disturbance. [Mid-1500s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
Do you charge us with wanting to stop the exploitation of children by their parents?
As he could not leave his chamber, it was necessary to charge us with this commission."
In the Communist Manifesto, Marx and Engels candidly endorsed the "abolition of the family" and issued this defiant rebuke to critics of the Communist conspiracy: "Do you charge us with wanting to stop the exploitation of children by their parents?
But sometimes it seems that critics who are the first to charge us with failing in this mission are the very ones preventing us from achieving it.
Adrian, who was on his way to his Dr Dolittle's pet shop in Portsmouth, said: "He was on the radio to the station for about 25 minutes trying to work out what to charge us with."