Meaning of bring someone to book in English:

bring someone to book


mainly British
  • Officially punish someone or call them to account for their behaviour.

    ‘the murderer will be found and brought to book’
    • ‘And he warned the troublemakers that they would be brought to book over the next few months using evidence gathered on the night and CCTV video footage of the disorder.’
    • ‘But they can be brought to book under legislation governing companies making false and misleading claims.’
    • ‘It's good that he has been brought to book and sends out a strong message to others.’
    • ‘And officers have warned the criminals that they have taken an extra special interest in bringing them to book.’
    • ‘The council should be bringing someone to book.’
    • ‘He seemed unfazed that an array of high-tech gadgetry was to be deployed in his street with the aim of bringing him to book.’
    • ‘He said: ‘They are committing environmental crimes and our dedicated enforcement teams will be using all their investigative resources to track them down and bring them to book.’’
    • ‘Officers want teachers to join them on night-time patrol so they can identify juvenile troublemakers and help bring them to book.’
    • ‘When we find them, we'll bring them to book and lock them away for a long, long time.’
    • ‘If you are found guilty of corruption, you will be brought to book.’
    scold, upbraid, berate, reprimand, reprove, rebuke, admonish, chide, censure, castigate, lambast, lecture, criticize, pull up, take to task, haul over the coals, bring to book