Call to Account

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Meaning of Idiom 'Call to Account'

To call (someone) to account means to demand that someone explain the reason for their (usually wrong) actions and to take responsibility for them; to hold someone responsible and answerable for their actions; to 1,2,3


This is a slightly formal idiom.


"It is time Morrison was called to account for his shady financial dealings."

"The congresswoman called the corporation to account for their fraudulent creation of fake credit accounts."


Used since the mid-1500's. 3

1. Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.
2. Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.
3. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

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