swear out a warrant on (one)

swear out a warrant on (one)

To file a judicial writ for one to be arrested or detained. The police swore out a warrant on the CFO after evidence of his embezzlement emerged. They're not going to swear out a warrant on him unless you're willing to testify. Community services swore out warrants on the children for them to be taken into custody by the state.
See also: on, out, swear, warrant