press charges (against someone)

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: press

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • press */*/*/ — I UK [pres] / US noun Word forms press : singular press plural presses 1) the press newspapers and news magazines the national/local/American/sports press the popular/tabloid press in the press: She has been criticized in the press for not… …   English dictionary

  • press — press1 [ pres ] noun *** ▸ 1 newspapers etc. ▸ 2 machine for printing ▸ 3 publishing business ▸ 4 piece of equipment ▸ 5 single push on something ▸ 6 making clothes smooth ▸ 7 many people pushing 1. ) the press newspapers and news magazines: the… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • press*/*/*/ — [pres] noun I 1) the press newspapers and news magazines, or the journalists who work on them the national/local/American press[/ex] the popular/tabloid press[/ex] She has been criticized in the press for not speaking out on this issue.[/ex] 2)… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • press — press1 W2S2 [pres] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(news)¦ 2 get/be given a bad press 3 get/have a good press 4¦(printing)¦ 5¦(machine)¦ 6¦(push)¦ 7 go to press 8¦(crowd)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1.) ¦(NEWS)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • press — 1 /pres/ noun 1 NEWS a) (U) also the press people who write reports for newspapers, radio, or television: the freedom of the press (also + plural verb BrE): In August the press are desperate for news. | press photographers b) (singular,… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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