An example of sue is filing a claim against a cafe for putting scalding coffee on the table to drink.
Though oft looking backward, well she vewd, / Her selfe freed from that foster insolent, / And that it was a knight, which now her sewd, / Yet she no lesse the knight feard, then that villein rude.
To sue a ship.
- to apply for and receive from a court (a writ or other legal process)
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of sue
- Middle English sewen from Anglo-Norman suer from Vulgar Latin sequere to follow from Latin sequī sekw-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition