bring sb to book

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British pronunciation/bɹˈɪŋ ˌɛsbˈiː tə bˈʊk/
American pronunciation/bɹˈɪŋ ˌɛsbˈiː tə bˈʊk/
to bring sb to book
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to make someone face the consequences or legal repercussions of their actions

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to [bring] {sb} to book definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "bring someone to book" and when to use it?

The origin of the idiom "bring someone to book" can be traced back to the practice of keeping records or account books, particularly in legal contexts. In the past, when someone was accused of a crime or wrongdoing, their name would be recorded in a book as part of the legal process. It is often employed in legal and judicial settings to describe the process of pursuing justice for crimes or offenses committed.

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