take (one) to task

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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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MANY READERS took us to task for the cover image on the January issue of Happi.
Respondents also took us to task for not providing enough contexts for understanding.
''Arsenio is a late-night veteran and he took us to task on his show and he even urged his audience members to call our newsroom,'' Williams said on his ''Nightly News'' telecast Wednesday from the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
"Credit where it is due, when Aberdeen scored the first goal they really went on the front foot and really took us to task.
And not much more so than in a claim made by Labour AM Julie James last week as she took us to task for fuelling hate crime against the disabled.
Bizarre." Some readers took us to task with the order of the list, including one lesbian who wrote, "Really can't believe 36,000-plus binational couples are less newsworthy than Kobe Bryant.
Brian Sharpe, from Heworth, took us to task in devastating fashion: "Were you finding it difficult to fill your columns on June 28.
Several took us to task for "spending time, energy, and words" on Beck, saying, "I keep hoping if we ignore him, he will go away." Some ask why we pay attention to him at all.
Not long ago, a reader took us to task because, in his opinion, a majority of our stories involve staff members taking high-dollar outfitted hunts.
After Rangers went 2-0 up they took us to task and while my players tried, good players make things happen.
Ivor, in return, took us to task for telling you on August 8 that the slate industry in Blaenau Ffestiniog once employed more than 10,000 men.
In our last issue (January-February 2005), we ran a letter to the editor in which ZZ Packer, author of the critically acclaimed Drinking Coffee Elsewhere (Riverhead Books, March 2003), took us to task for choosing celebrities for our cover, especially those she did not consider writers.
Dr Tim Cross of Barry took us to task for carrying an advert for fireworks in the same edition as we reported the story.
One of the more interesting letters we received this month was from a reader who took us to task for using the phrase "lifetime employment" in one of our newsletters.
Most respondents seem to prefer shorter articles, but a few took us to task, saying articles are too brief and they want more depth; it just goes to show you that you can't please all of the people all of the time.