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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When we ran an article suggesting such secrecy is a bad thing, he sued us for defamation.
A spokesman for Aprilia said later: "They sued us for the pathetic sum of pounds 200,000 and they have ended up not getting a penny and paying us pounds 400,000.
Wirt agrees that the issue of piracy is beside the point, saying: "If they thought we were really doing that they could have sued us for that." He insists that while MP3 is indeed likely to dilute the market share presently enjoyed by the big five record labels, what they will end up with is "a smaller slice of a much bigger pie." Finally, Diamond contends that the AHRA itself is unconstitutional, in that it violates the First and Fifth Amendments.