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take out a warrant

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