summon (one) before (someone)

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summon (one) before (someone)

To demand, instruct, or request that one come to or appear in front of someone. Often used in passive constructions. The leaders of congress were summoned before the president to explain the status of the tax overhaul. The king summoned the traitor before him to pass judgment.
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summon someone before someone or something

to request or order someone to appear before someone or a group. The president summoned the committee before her. The judge summoned Donna before the court.
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References in classic literature ?
I am well prepared, but there are precautions to be taken, that could not be taken until he was actually summoned before the Tribunal.
Eight-and-twenty days went by, my father, and on the nine-and- twentieth it befell that Chaka, having dreamed a dream in his troubled sleep, summoned before him certain women of the kraal, to the number of a hundred or more.
ISLAMABAD -- Though Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and its allies in the Senate have submitted a fresh requisition with the Senate Secretariat to summon fresh session of the house ahead of the July 25 elections, the chances are dim that session would be summoned before polls.