take out (something) against (one)(redirected from taking out a complaint against)
take out (something) 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 take out an affidavit against him. The woman took out a complaint against her ex-husband, claiming that he had violated the terms of his restraining order. The police took out a warrant against the CFO after evidence of his embezzlement emerged.