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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.
See also: before, summon

summon (one) to

1. To demand or instruct that one come to or appear at some place or thing. The president summoned the congressional leader to his office to explain the status of the tax legislation. He summoned me to the front of the class to read the note out loud.
2. To demand or instruct that one do something; to order one to take a particular action. I summoned the criminal to lay down his weapon and surrender. The boss summoned him to deliver the package himself.
See also: summon, to

summon up

To elicit or evoke something; to uncover and draw forth something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "summon" and "up." I just couldn't summon the courage up to confront my boss about the issue. His memory is remarkable—he can summon up the most mundane details from weeks ago.
See also: summon, up

summon up (one's) courage

To emotionally prepare oneself to do a frightening or overwhelming task; to bolster one's courage. I'm really nervous about asking Sarah out on a date, but I just need to summon up my courage and go through with it. I know he's terrified of speaking in public, so he's summoning up his courage with a stiff drink.
See also: courage, summon, up

summon up the courage to (do something)

To bolster one's courage or emotionally prepare oneself enough to do a frightening or overwhelming task. I want to ask Sarah out on a date, but I'm trying to summon up the courage to do it! I know he's terrified of speaking in public, so he's having a drink to help summon up the courage to go on stage.
See also: courage, summon, to, up
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

summon something up

to call forth particular qualities, such as strength, courage, wisdom, etc. She summoned her courage up and went into the room. Liz summoned up all her courage.
See also: summon, up
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

summon up

To call something forth; evoke something: I summoned up my courage and dove into the deep water. At first I couldn't remember the telephone number, but I summoned it up by concentrating very hard.
See also: summon, up
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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The Post has learned that it is only in Battambang province where the local court has issued summonses for the alleged violation of the Supreme Court ruling since the CNRP was dissolved in November 2017.
Then, on August 20, he explained the decision was due to the fact that the government did not receive any revenue from the summonses paid following the bias agreement between the previous government and two concessionaires operating the system.
Included in the list of "no notice" third-party recordkeeper summonses are those that seek only to determine whether records of the business transactions or affairs of a person identified in the summons have been made or kept, (29) the identity of a person owning a numbered bank account, (30) that are issued in aid of collection, (31) those issued by an IRS criminal investigator to a person who is not a defined third-party recordkeeper, (32) John Doe summons, (33) and when a court determines that there is a reasonable cause that there will be a spoliation of evidence.
Taxpayers have litigated numerous cases on summonses.
"Plaintiffs are not allowed to serve summonses before sunrise or after sunset or during the holidays.
As reported by Haaretz last month - and as is common practice in many cases involving Shin Bet summonses and in arrest cases, even of minors - IDF soldiers delivered the order by awakening the Za'akik family at 3 A.M.
AS SAFIR reported new summonses were sent around a month ago from Syrian judicial authorities to the First Investigating Judge in Beirut, Ghassan Owaidat, as a reaction to Mirza's views regarding the first orders.
The computer system now deployed by the courts service is incapable of delivering the summonses in two languages, bosses say.
The Welsh Language Act 1967 allowed for summonses to be produced bilingually, but this service will now end and the summonses will be issued in English only.
"The DSNY was aware that New Yorkers deserved time to adjust to a regular recycling schedule, therefore a three-month grace period was granted during which no summonses were issued for the improper recycling of glass," said Sanitation Commissioner John J.
The procedure, however, also provides rules for dealing with two sets of taxpayers whose behavior does not satisfy the general rule: (1) the delayed-response taxpayer, where compliance is achieved through additional meetings or requests; and (2) the non-responsive taxpayer, which involves the potential use of summonses to achieve compliance.
NEW YORKERS WERE sorely vexed this summer by an alleged "ticketing blitz" a spate of summonses issued for violations of obscure or trivial laws in what many see as an attempt to fill dwindling city coffers.
'This should never have happened - she does not owe us any money and these letters and court summonses should never have been sent out.
William Ronald Munslow left for Alicante when his waste management company, Bill Mounslow Services, abandoned a landfill site, which was the cause of dispute, in the Amman Valley 15 months ago, leading to summonses for waste and pollution offences.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has participated to some extent in this intermingling of civil and criminal inquiry -- with a corresponding increase in investigative efficiency -- despite the fact that before 1982 the IRS issued summonses pursuant to a provision in the Internal Revenue Code, section 7602, that on its face gave the IRS only civil investigative authority.(6) In the 1971 case Donaldson v.