I don't think there is any difference in meaning. "Level an accusation" is a cliché that I often read in news reports.What is the difference between "Jack made an accusation against the government." and "Jack leveled an accusation at the government."?
I don't think there is any difference in meaning. "Level an accusation" is a cliché that I often read in news reports.
I think "level an accusation" must come from the sense of "level" which means "to point a weapon". From the WRF definition of level as a verb:
to aim or point (a weapon, criticism, etc.) at a mark or objective.
That's the way I think of it, so to me, to "level an accusation" is at least a more dramatic idea than "to make an accusation".
Don't ever be ashamed to avoid the use of clichésI usually use "make" and I am ashamed to admit it, but I haven't used "level" in this context lately and it has managed to slip my mind .