Definition of “be brought/called to account” - English Dictionary

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“be brought/called to account” in British English

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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.

(Definition of “be brought/called to account” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)