take to task

take to task
verb
censure severely or angrily
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The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car

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The deputy ragged the Prime Minister

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The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup

Syn:
Derivationally related forms:
chiding (for: ↑chide), ↑scolder (for: ↑scold), ↑scolding (for: ↑scold), ↑reprimand (for: ↑reprimand), ↑lecture (for: ↑lecture), ↑reproof (for: ↑reproof), ↑rebuker (for: ↑rebuke), ↑rebuke (for: ↑rebuke)
Hypernyms: ↑knock, ↑criticize, ↑criticise, ↑pick apart
Hyponyms:
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody

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Somebody ——s PP

(for: ↑have words)
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Somebody ——s PP

(for: ↑remonstrate)
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Somebody ——s PP

(for: ↑jaw)

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phrasal
1. obsolete : to undertake as one's special work : challenge to a feat : deal with
2. : to call to account for a shortcoming : reprove

is right in taking to task the historians for slighting this important development — C.V.Woodward

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take to task
To call to account, reprove
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Main Entry:take
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take (someone) to task
To rebuke (someone)
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Main Entry:task

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take (someone) to task
: to criticize (someone) harshly

The boss took me to task for wasting time.

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Main Entry:task

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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