Definition of call (or bring) someone to account in US English:

call (or bring) someone to account

phrase

  • Require someone to explain a mistake or poor performance.

    • ‘He said the case was a clear warning to people offering alternative medicine and ‘miracle cures’ that they will be called to account.’
    • ‘So now the time has come to call them to account: Judgment Day has arrived for the judges.’
    • ‘She will not be buried until somebody is brought to account for what happened.’
    • ‘Once upon a time making an oath meant that we acknowledged a higher power was witnessing our statement, and stood ready to call us to account.’
    • ‘It is past time that the Star Tribune is called to account.’
    • ‘The State was called to account at an international meeting, but they did not attend.’
    • ‘Much more effective, she says, is to gather intelligence about the drugs masterminds - then bring them to account before the courts themselves.’
    • ‘It was the bloggers, invoking their own standards - not a code but an evolving culture - that called them to account.’
    • ‘If any pharmacist has breached the law they will be called to account.’
    • ‘The journalists dared not transmit anything for which they might be called to account later.’
    • ‘His audience must decide whether these claims are credible and whether to endorse him or call him to account.’
    • ‘They could call me to account when my actions didn't match my professed beliefs.’
    • ‘After that you did not even bring him to account, other than that he ‘made a mistake’, after which everything passed with no punishment.’
    • ‘You could argue that the mechanisms have worked, they have been called to account and found lacking.’
    • ‘It's time that he was called to account for his acts of aggression.’
    • ‘At least with the politicians you know where they stand, you can call them to account, you can go and see them and they can't hide.’
    • ‘It is interesting that they are not called to account for this startling performance.’
    • ‘What is more, there is no powerful outside force that can call us to account - the change will have to come from within.’
    • ‘Members would work closely with other organisations and call them to account if they did not meet the needs of local people.’
    • ‘Second, if you violate that trust, you will be called to account, no matter how powerful, no matter how wealthy.’
    scold, chastise, upbraid, berate, castigate, lambaste, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reprove, admonish, remonstrate with, lecture, criticize, censure
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