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answer for sth

verb uk phrasal verb with answer   /ˈɑːn.sər/ us    /ˈæn.sɚ/
to be responsible for something bad, or to be punished for something: I expect parents to answer for their children's behaviour. "Why do you think there's so much violence nowadays?" "Well, violence on television has a lot to answer for (= is the cause of much of it)."
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