take to task

take to task
take (someone) to task to criticize someone angrily for something that they have done.

She took my father to task for getting drunk at my cousin's wedding.

(often + for)

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  • take to task — ► take to task reprimand or criticize. Main Entry: ↑task …   English terms dictionary

  • take to task — index castigate, condemn (blame), denounce (condemn), disapprove (condemn), discipline (punish …   Law dictionary

  • take to task — verb censure severely or angrily The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger s car The deputy ragged the Prime Minister The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup • Syn: ↑call on the carpet, ↑rebuke, ↑rag, ↑trou …   Useful english dictionary

  • take to task — Synonyms and related words: accuse, admonish, allege, arraign, article, book, bring accusation, bring charges, bring to account, bring to book, call to account, castigate, charge, chasten, chastise, chide, cite, complain, correct, deal with,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • take to task — verb To lecture, berate, admonish, or hold somebody accountable for his or her actions. [W]hen any of his descendants chose to take him to task for the crudeness of his manners he was accustomed to look them coldly over and retort that things had …   Wiktionary

  • take to task — {v. phr.} To reprove or scold for a fault or error. * /He took his wife to task for her foolish wastefulness./ * /The principal took Bill to task for breaking the window./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • take to task — {v. phr.} To reprove or scold for a fault or error. * /He took his wife to task for her foolish wastefulness./ * /The principal took Bill to task for breaking the window./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • take\ to\ task — v. phr. To reprove or scold for a fault or error. He took his wife to task for her foolish wastefulness. The principal took Bill to task for breaking the window …   Словарь американских идиом

  • take to task — scold for a fault or error I was taken to task by the supervisor for not arriving at work on time …   Idioms and examples

  • take to task — Reprove, reprimand, chide, take to do, call to account, rebuke …   New dictionary of synonyms

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