- To penalise someone for a punishable offence.
- The perpetrators of this atrocity must be brought to book.
- ... and in the failure to bring the Met to book over the de Menezes case, other than through health and safety laws. ... From The Guardian, 2011, May 04, by Ian Tomlinson. Unlawfully killed by the law.
- Very commonly used in the passive voice, as in the example.