bring (someone) to task

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bring (someone) to task

To scold, reprimand, or lecture someone on some wrong or error he or she has committed. Mom brought me to task over the alcohol she found in my car. You don't have to bring everyone to task who misuses the word "literally," you know.
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If you pose a danger to yourself, your passengers or other road users, then the police may rightly bring you to task.