sue for (something)

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sue for (something)

To initiate legal proceedings (against some person, group, or organization) in order to receive redress, reparation, or compensation. A noun or pronoun can be used between "sue" and "for" to indicated the person, group, or organization being sued. The employees have grouped together to sue for overtime that had not been paid since 2010. The family is suing the airline for $2.5 million to cover medical expenses, legal fees, and emotional damages.
See also: for, sue
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

sue someone for something

to file a lawsuit against someone in order to get something. I will sue you for damages if you do anything else to my car! She sued her employer for failure to provide a safe workplace.
See also: for, sue

sue for something

to file a lawsuit in order to get something. If you so much as harm a hair on my head, I will sue for damages. Ted sued for back pay in his dispute with a former employer.
See also: for, sue
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

sue for

1. To institute legal proceedings against some person for some redress of grievances: The actor is suing a former TV star for $30 million. Their aunt and uncle sued for custody of the children.
2. To make an appeal or entreaty for something: The people of this country are suing for peace.
See also: for, sue
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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They would be able to sue us for supposedly breaching their data protection rights, lose, and yet we'd still have to pay their legal costs.
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They said they would sue us for millions if we carried on.
Hicks and Gillett can threaten to sue us for every seat at Anfield if they like - but the good news is they're gone and won't ever be sitting on one again themselves.
But it all boiled down to the gun company trying to sue us for hundreds of millions of dollars.
So if the European Court wants to sue us for NOT giving it away to law breakers the PM needs to give them the two-fingered salute and tell them to bring it on.
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