take (something) further

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take (something) further

To advance an action, argument, or complaint to a higher level or more serious degree. To avoid having the ex-employee take the lawsuit any further, the company offered a settlement many believe to be worth several million dollars. I intend to take this matter further with the board of directors if you are unwilling to tender your resignation here and now.
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take something ˈfurther

take more serious action about something or speak to somebody at a higher level about it: I am not satisfied with your explanation and I warn you that I intend to take the matter further.
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The club will take further action if this continues and has asked for CCTV footage from Southampton and will try to identify those who disrespected the player's wishes not to sing the song."
LABOUR Party officials may take further action against the husband of a Merseyside MP caught defacing election posters.