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English definition of “be brought/called to account”

be brought/called to account

mainly UK
to be forced to explain something you did wrong , and usually to be punished : We must ensure that the people responsible for the violence are brought to account.Punishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating
(Definition of be brought/called to account from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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