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answer for sth

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