Example usage in https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meaning_(psychology)

A similar understanding developed in Cultural Studies of Science: "Cultural studies thereby articulate dynamic, expressive conceptions of meaning, knowledge, and power, which contrast sharply with the standard approaches to these phenomena within philosophy and social theory (Rouse 1996,[5] 1999[6]). On such accounts, meaning is not a property of utterances or actions; the term `meaning' instead articulates the ways in which such performances inferentially draw upon and transform the field of prior performances in which they are situated." (Rouse, 2001, p. 3126)

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    The phrase "such accounts" refers to accounts (of phenomena) that are based on the "cultural studies of science" analytical model. The phrase "on such accounts" is not an idiom, and I think that the sentence you cite would be improved by changing "On such accounts" to "According to such accounts" or "In such accounts." I suspect that the author may have been led astray by the felt influence of a very different idiomatic phrase: "on account of" which means "because of." In any case, the original wording "on such accounts" is very poor in this particular instance – Sven Yargs Mar 27 '16 at 21:46
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    By such accounts? in such accounts? It's impossible to tell from the context because that context (the quote from Rouse) has no discernible meaning in English. – deadrat Mar 27 '16 at 23:50
  • Not an idiom. Just 3 words, with their usual meanings. – Drew Mar 28 '16 at 1:30
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is not an idiom. About reopening questions, see: Notes to Reviewers (trial) – Lawrence Mar 28 '16 at 14:35

I don't believe that it is an idiom; however, "on such accounts" is a slightly more complex wording of "in those cases/instances."

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