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give an account

To recount something. We need all witnesses to give an account of what they saw the night of the burglary.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

give an account (of someone or something) (to someone)

 and give someone an account of someone or something
to tell a narrative about someone or something to someone. You are going to have to give an account of yourself to your parole officer. Please give an account of your day to my secretary. Give me an account of every minute.
See also: account, give
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Having thus given an account of the colony in general, and pretty much of my runagate Englishmen, I must say something of the Spaniards, who were the main body of the family, and in whose story there are some incidents also remarkable enough.
South Wales Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision, but has not yet given an account to police, to contact 101, quoting occurrence 1800276415.
MEMBERS of Elland (Men's) Probus Club were given an account of the harsh conditions in which some French criminals were incarcerated before World War II, when John Whitley spoke on "Guyana to Devil's Island".
Gujarat after December 2012 has given an account of every penny spent and other details and the people of the state have again for the fourth time elected us and given us the chance to serve them," Modi said while addressing a rally.
(I realize that Whiteheadians believe they have given an account.) Barbour's great strength is his ability to describe the various positions in the literature and to synthesize them into his typology, but he leaves the job of evaluation to others.
Basically we were given an account with a debit of pounds 99,750.