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press charges

To make a formal legal complaint of wrongdoing or mistreatment against another person. A: "Is it true that Greg pressed 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 press charges against us—I never would have cut down that tree if I had known it was on their property!
See also: charge, press

press charges (against someone)

 and file charges (against someone)
Fig. to make a formal charge of wrongdoing against someone. They agreed not to press charges against me if I agreed to pay for the damages.
See also: charge, press

press charges

To bring a formal accusation of criminal wrongdoing against someone.
See also: charge, press
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An Austrian pastry maker faces a criminal investigation for baking cakes with elaborate Nazi designs, a concentration camp survivors' group said after pressing charges on Tuesday.
At least three sexual offences committed by 10-year-olds ended in police pressing charges. The figures released show that around 270 children aged 10 were charged with criminal offences between April 2005 and March this year.
So the idea of pressing charges didn't make any sense.
police] gave me the option of pressing charges against the woman, and gave my staff the option of pressing charges against the guy, but I decided not to take it any further."
Among the 41 respondents who had considered pressing charges but did not, reasons included fear of retribution, fear of disapproval of fellow staff or administration, not knowing they could do so, and not believing the assailant was responsible.
isn't pressing charges after the ruckus at Lister Park in Bradford, Yorks, because the lout "got more than he bargained for".