press charges

[ pres-chahr-jiz ]
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  1. to bring a formal accusation against a person believed to have committed a crime (often used with against): The authorities plan to press charges against her for participating in civil disobedience last week.He didn't want to press charges, but warned the guy who punched him not to cause any more problems.

Origin of press charges

First recorded in 1885–90

Words Nearby press charges Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use press charges in a sentence

  • By the eighties it is very clear that the justices were ceasing to press charges against witches.

  • "I've decided not to press charges against the fellow confined below," he announced.

    Caravans By Night | Harry Hervey
  • It had cost Papa a fortune to persuade the teacher not to press charges.

    Shaman | Robert Shea