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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And on a episode of Fox's ``Boston Public,'' an overweight teacher has been taken to task by an administrator for being obese and is now on medication.