bring someone to book

bring someone to book
British
to punish someone, or to make them explain their behaviour publicly when they have done something wrong

If policemen have lied, then they must be brought to book.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • bring someone to book — british phrase to punish someone, or to make them explain their behaviour publicly when they have done something wrong If policemen have lied, then they must be brought to book. Thesaurus: to punish someonesynonym punishment of being legally… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bring someone to book — bring (someone) to book British & Australian to punish someone. A crime has been committed and whoever is responsible must be brought to book. (usually passive) …   New idioms dictionary

  • bring someone to book — ► bring someone to book officially call someone to account for their behaviour. Main Entry: ↑book …   English terms dictionary

  • bring someone to book — If somebody is brought to book, they are punished or made to account for something they have done wrong …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • bring someone to book — verb To penalise someone for a punishable offence. The perpetrators of this atrocity must be brought to book …   Wiktionary

  • bring someone to book — chiefly Brit. officially call someone to account for their behaviour. → book …   English new terms dictionary

  • bring someone to book —    If somebody is brought to book, they are punished or made to account for something they have done wrong.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Bring someone to book —   If somebody is brought to book, they are punished or made to account for something they have done wrong …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • book — ► NOUN 1) a written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers. 2) a main division of a literary work or of the Bible. 3) a bound set of blank sheets for writing in: an exercise book. 4) (books)… …   English terms dictionary

  • bring to book — bring (someone) to book British & Australian to punish someone. A crime has been committed and whoever is responsible must be brought to book. (usually passive) …   New idioms dictionary

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