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    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    The duty of the soldier was plain: the man must be shot dead….sent to his account. (A. G. Bierce, “A Horseman in the Sky”)

    send somebody to his account = kill somebody (an allusion to “the great account”)

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    Yes- sent to where they have to account to a higher power.

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    Would you tell me whether I may to accept the plausibility of the following statement?

    to be called to one's account, to go to one's account ; to hand in one's accounts = to end their own lives, to die

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