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English definition of “bring sb to book”

bring sb to book

UK
to punish someone and make that person explain their behaviourPunishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beatingChastising and rebuking
(Definition of bring sb to book from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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