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"legal action" in British English

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legal actionnoun [U]

the ​act of using a ​lawyer or a ​court to ​helpsettle a ​disagreement, etc. that you have with a ​person or an ​organization: He ​threatened to takelegalaction against me over a ​comment I had made about him on my ​blog.
(Definition of legal action from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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legal actionnoun [C or U]

uk   us   (also legal proceedings [plural])
LAW the ​process of using ​lawyers, ​courts of ​law, etc. to solve disagreements, or an occasion when this ​happens: legal action against sb There will be no ​legalaction against the ​healthcaretrust.threaten (sb with) legal action Employers who ​hireillegalimmigrants are being threatened with ​legalaction.take legal action (against sb/sth) Lenders do not generally take ​legalaction until the ​borrower is three months in ​arrears.begin/launch/bring legal action (against sb/sth) The ​EuropeanCommissionlaunchedlegalaction against two ​memberstates.face legal action Several ​leadingnationalnewspapers now face ​legalactions for ​libel.the threat/prospect of legal action The threat of ​legalaction is the latest twist in an ​increasingly bitter ​dispute between ​management and ​unions.have grounds for legal action Lawyers say the ​company probably has ​grounds for ​legalaction under the Trades Description ​Act.costly/further/possible legal action He ​declined to comment on the ​situation further because of possible ​legalactions.
(Definition of legal action from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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