press charges

ask the police to charge someone with a crime
  

The police asked her if she wanted to press charges against the thief.


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  • press charges — ► to complain officially about someone in a court of law: press charges against sb »Italian magistrates are expected to press charges against the company s founder. Main Entry: ↑press …   Financial and business terms

  • press charges — ► press charges accuse someone formally of a crime so that they can be brought to trial. Main Entry: ↑charge …   English terms dictionary

  • press charges — I press (or prefer) charges accuse someone formally of a crime so that they can be brought to trial II see charge * * * press charges : to take legal action against someone : to officially accuse someone of a crime He was caught shoplifting, but… …   Useful english dictionary

  • press charges — Synonyms and related words: accuse, allege, arraign, article, book, bring accusation, bring charges, bring to book, charge, cite, complain, denounce, denunciate, fasten on, fasten upon, finger, hang something on, impeach, imply, impute, indict,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • press charges — verb To formally accuse a person of a crime, especially by an ordinary person. Im pressing charges against you for assaulting me. Syn: complain, accuse, file a complaint …   Wiktionary

  • press charges — bring to court, lodge a formal complaint with the police …   English contemporary dictionary

  • press charges (against someone) — legal phrase to officially accuse someone of committing a crime The police asked him if he wanted to press charges. Thesaurus: to accuse someone of a crimesynonym police officershyponym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • press charges against somebody — bring/press/prefer ˈcharges against sb idiom (law) to accuse sb formally of a crime so that there can be a trial in court Main entry: ↑chargeidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • press — ▪ I. press press 1 [pres] verb 1. [intransitive, transitive] to try hard to persuade someone to do something: • Investor Harold Simmons is pressing to have the company s annual meeting delayed. press somebody to do something • Finance Ministry… …   Financial and business terms

  • press — [[t]pre̱s[/t]] ♦ presses, pressing, pressed 1) VERB If you press something somewhere, you push it firmly against something else. [V n against n] He pressed his back against the door... [V n prep] They pressed the silver knife into the cake. 2) …   English dictionary

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