take someone to task

take (one) to task

To scold, reprimand, lecture, or hold one accountable for some wrong or error they committed. Mom took me to task over my terrible report card. You don't have to take everyone to task who misuses the word "literally," you know.
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take someone to task

reprimand or criticize someone severely for a fault or mistake.
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