hold accountable

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hold someone accountable (for something)

 and hold someone responsible (for something)
to consider someone responsible for something; to blame something on someone. I hold you accountable for John's well-being. I must hold you responsible for the missing money.
See also: hold
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WASHINGTON: United States President Barack Obama Tuesday urged Bahrain's rulers to hold accountable those responsible for human rights abuses during a crackdown on pro-democracy protests and called for a compromise between the government and the opposition.
What is left to our union members is a political challenge to immediately fight back by encouraging voters in this November's mid-term election to hold accountable those legislators who helped to give us this pro-corporate Supreme Court and Board.
Public-meeting advocates asked the supervisors Tuesday to go even further by enacting a county Sunshine Act to hold accountable public officials who refuse to comply with Public Records Act requests, name an ombudsman to handle public complaints over open meeting and record violations, and make a master list of public contracts available to the public.
Compensation can be so obscene that we need to tackle the problem structurally and hold accountable selected individual directors who create and support abusive pay packages," said Rob Feckner, Chair of CalPERS Investment Committee.
Somehow, residents need to feel they have one person to hold accountable for the operations and decisions of city government, and they don't feel they have that,'' Zeanah said.