Definition of take someone to law in English:

take someone to law


  • Initiate legal proceedings against someone.

    ‘he's got to pay for it, or I'll take him to law’
    • ‘The Board took them to law and won the first round in the English courts, but the owner challenged that finding in the European Court of Justice.’
    • ‘In 1796 Thackeray, together with several other patent ‘pirates'’ were taken to law by Boulton and Watt and, for a while, this engine was stopped.’
    • ‘We'd be thrown out of any court in the land if we took them to law.’
    • ‘That and the written terms may be their defence if you take them to law over it.’
    litigation, legal action, legal proceedings, lawsuit, justice