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answer criticism/charges/accusations etc

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishanswer criticism/charges/accusations etcanswer criticism/charges/accusations etcto explain why you did something when people are criticizing you – used in news reports How do you answer the criticism that your government has done nothing to help the homeless? answer
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answer criticism/charges/accusations etcThe meeting was called to answer criticisms and make mid-course corrections.Avon and Somerset Police have summonsed Redknapp to appear in court to answer charges of alleged abusive conduct.His finance minister was busy answering charges of bribery.In particular non-disclosure makes it difficult to answer charges that the government's policies are not properly coordinated.
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