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take a warrant out

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