swear (something) out against (one)

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swear (something) out against (one)

To file a legal complaint, affidavit, or warrant alleging or supporting a claim that one has committed some crime. I know that he is breaking the law, but I'm too nervous to go to the police station and swear an affidavit out against him. The woman swore a complaint out against her ex-husband, claiming that he had violated the terms of his restraining order. The police swore a warrant out against the CFO after evidence of his embezzlement emerged.
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swear something out against someone

to file a criminal complaint against someone. Walter swore a warrant out against Jeff. He swore out a warrant against Tony.
See also: out, swear
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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