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English definition of “proceed against sb”

proceed against sb

specialized phrasal verb with proceed     /prəˈsiːd/ US  /proʊ-/ verb [I]
to start to take legal action against someone: Lack of evidence meant that the Council could not proceed against Mr Naylor.Taking legal action
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