Definition of bring someone to book in English:

bring someone to book


  • Officially punish someone or call them to account for their behaviour.

    ‘the murderer will be found and brought to book’
    • ‘He seemed unfazed that an array of high-tech gadgetry was to be deployed in his street with the aim of bringing him to book.’
    • ‘And he warned the troublemakers that they would be brought to book over the next few months using evidence gathered on the night and CCTV video footage of the disorder.’
    • ‘The council should be bringing someone to book.’
    • ‘He said: ‘They are committing environmental crimes and our dedicated enforcement teams will be using all their investigative resources to track them down and bring them to book.’’
    • ‘But they can be brought to book under legislation governing companies making false and misleading claims.’
    • ‘Officers want teachers to join them on night-time patrol so they can identify juvenile troublemakers and help bring them to book.’
    • ‘It's good that he has been brought to book and sends out a strong message to others.’
    • ‘And officers have warned the criminals that they have taken an extra special interest in bringing them to book.’
    • ‘If you are found guilty of corruption, you will be brought to book.’
    • ‘When we find them, we'll bring them to book and lock them away for a long, long time.’
    scold, upbraid, berate, reprimand, reprove, rebuke, admonish, chide, censure, castigate, lambaste, lecture, criticize, pull up, take to task, haul over the coals, bring to book
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