file (something) against (someone)

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file (something) against (someone)

To officially accuse someone of an offense. I'm going to file charges against my neighbor if he keeps harassing me like this.
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file something against someone

to lodge a criminal charge against someone. Sally filed a charge of assault against Max. The old man filed charges against the attacker.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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