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 taskreprimand or criticize someone severely for a fault or mistake.
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