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take someone to task

Definition of take someone to task in English:

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.
Synonyms
informal tell off, give someone a dressing-down, give someone a talking-to
British informal tick off, carpet
North American informal bawl out, chew out
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