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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

to scold or reprimand someone. The teacher took John to task for his bad behavior. I lost a big contract, and the boss took me to task in front of everyone.
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take to task

Upbraid, scold; blame or censure. For example, The teacher took Doris to task for turning in such a sloppy report. This term, dating from the mid-1700s, at first meant either assigning or challenging someone to a task. Its current sense dates from the late 1800s.
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take someone to task

reprimand or criticize someone severely for a fault or mistake.
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take somebody to ˈtask (about/for/over something)

criticize somebody forcefully (for doing something wrong): I was taken to task for arriving late.She took the Government to task over its economic record. OPPOSITE: give somebody/yourself a pat on the back
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He never speaks to her; he is at all times a man of few words, but, as far as Minora is concerned, he might have no tongue at all, and sits sphinx-like and impenetrable while she takes us to task about some remark of a profane nature that we may have addressed to him.
RUTHERFORD rightly takes us to task for the picture story headlined Listed Status for City Icons (ECHO March 12).
READER Hannah Matthews takes us to task over yesterday's assertion that Steven Seagal resembles Derek Johnstone.
Meanwhile another reader obviously suffering from the fabled SAD syndrome takes us to task for devoting "so much space to Trinidad & Tobago's footballers" after they qualified for next year's World Cup in Germany.
Finally, there is the mother who takes us to task for using the descriptive "adopted" when referring to children in a recent appreciation.
Marshall gently takes us to task for this, by suggesting that the lopsided history we carry in our printed texts is inaccurate because we have chosen to exclude those who carry the other half of the story.
from Woolton takes us to task over our review of mince pies (December 10).
Mr Lawson takes us to task over the figures we were presented with on the night by the other emergency services, and adds: "The figures used are somewhat misleading and create a poor image of a thriving city.
Reader Stan Howard from Tuebrook takes us to task for devoting so many news pages to the story.
HENRY CROCKER, from Neston, takes us to task this week over our round-up of local constituency General Election results in Saturday's Daily Post.
RONLANGTON, an ex- tugboat boy/merchant seaman and shipping industryworker, takes us to task following the story headlined All Aboard For History (ECHO, August 5) about a newattraction at Liverpool's MaritimeMuseum.
Meanwhile one of our readers takes us to task for the recent increase in our cover price.
One reader from Fazakerley takes us to task over our TV and radio listings.
She takes us to task for using black and white photos on our gardening and food pages.