have up

transitive verb

Definition of have up

chiefly British
: to bring before an authority (as a court) to answer a charge the man had the writer up for libel the room where new boys were examined and old ones had up for rebuke or chastisement— Samuel Butler †1902 the man swore he would have them up for defamation of character

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