take someone to task

take someone to task
Take someone to task
If you take someone to task, you scold them for something they have done wrong.

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

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  • take someone to task — REBUKE, reprimand, reprove, reproach, remonstrate with, upbraid, scold, berate, lecture, censure, criticize, admonish, chide, chasten, arraign; informal tell off, bawl out, give someone a dressing down; Brit. informal tick off, carpet; formal… …   Useful english dictionary

  • take someone to task — reprimand or criticize someone. → task …   English new terms dictionary

  • take someone to task — Bryce took me to task for having borrowed his car Syn: rebuke, reprimand, reprove, reproach, remonstrate with, upbraid, scold, berate, castigate, lecture, censure, criticize, admonish, chide, chasten, arraign; informal tell off, bawl out, give… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • bring someone to task — take/bring/hold/someone to task phrase to severely criticize someone Thesaurus: to criticize stronglysynonym Main entry: task …   Useful english dictionary

  • hold someone to task — take/bring/hold/someone to task phrase to severely criticize someone Thesaurus: to criticize stronglysynonym Main entry: task …   Useful english dictionary

  • take someone or something on — tv. to accept the task of handling a difficult person or thing. □ I’ll take it on if nobody else will do it. CD Nobody wanted to take on Mrs. Franklin, but it had to be done …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • 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) …   New idioms 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

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