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file charges

To make a formal legal complaint of wrongdoing or mistreatment against another person. A: "Is it true that Greg filed charges against you?" B: "Yes, but his claim is completely false! I've never done anything to him!" I really hope our neighbors don't file charges against us—I never would have cut down that tree if I had known it was on their property!
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file charges

(against someone) Go to press charges (against someone).
See also: charge, file
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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