swear out a warrant

swear out a warrant

To file a judicial writ for some legal action to be taken, usually the arrest or detention of someone. The police swear out a warrant for the CFO's arrest after evidence of his embezzlement scheme emerged. The sheriff swear out warrants against the three men suspected of committing the bank robbery. The woman swore out a warrant to have her ex-husband arrested, claiming that he had violated the terms of his restraining order.
See also: out, swear, warrant