Definition of take someone to law in English:

take someone to law


  • Initiate legal proceedings against someone.

    ‘he's got to pay for it, or I'll take him to law’
    • ‘That and the written terms may be their defence if you take them to law over it.’
    • ‘We'd be thrown out of any court in the land if we took them to law.’
    • ‘In 1796 Thackeray, together with several other patent ‘pirates'’ were taken to law by Boulton and Watt and, for a while, this engine was stopped.’
    • ‘The Board took them to law and won the first round in the English courts, but the owner challenged that finding in the European Court of Justice.’
    litigation, legal action, legal proceedings, lawsuit, justice
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