subpoena to do

subpoena (someone or something) to (do something)

To issue a formal legal order under authority of a court of law commanding a person to appear at court or do something in court. His life could be in danger if the mob finds out he's been subpoenaed to testify. I didn't even know that I had been given a speeding ticket until I was subpoenaed to appear in court and pay the fine I owed.
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subpoena someone to do something

to formally deliver a document forcing someone to do something for a legal process. The attorney subpoenaed a number of witnesses to testify. I subpoenaed four witnesses to appear but none of them showed up.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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