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15 / 02 / 2007

TO PRESS CHARGES: meaning and examples

Good morning.

Today's expression is: to press charges

It means: to formally accuse someone of a crime so that there can be a trial in a court of law.

Example 1
If you are the victim of a crime and you want your attacker to be punished by the law, you will have to press charges against him or her.

Example 2:
Many crimminals never go to prison because their victims are afraid to press charges.

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