Reprimand or criticize someone severely for a fault or mistake: he took some military experts to task for their optimistic predictions
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- We have had this blip and we do not criticise the PTA for taking us to task about it.
- That is the only reason I can think of to explain why he has not been taken to task more severely by the media.
- And some critics will then take us to task for flouting ordinary usage.
rebuke, reprimand, reprove, reproach, remonstrate with, upbraid, scold, berate, lecture, castigate, censure, criticize, admonish, chide, chasten, lambaste, nag, blame, arraign, call to account, haul over the coals, read someone the Riot Act
informal tell off, give someone a dressing-down, give someone a talking-to
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