be taken to task (by someone)

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be taken to task (by someone)

To be scolded, rebuked, reprimanded, or held accountable (by someone). I was taken to task by the headmaster for disrupting class again. It's not entirely fair that the bankers are the only ones being taken to task for the economic collapse, when a great many politicians are to blame as well.
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I AM taken to task by foul persons who don't have the courage to identify themselves.
I am taken to task by the delightful Jo Malin for announcing she had turned 40 a month before the due day.
I AM taken to task for suggesting that Plaid Cymru and the Tories could form a coalition in the National Assembly.
I AM taken to task by a reader, John Hopkins, over my proposed beer-embargo on Carlsberg Tetley products.
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