Definition of take someone to task in US English:

take someone to task

phrase

  • Reprimand or criticize someone severely for a fault or mistake.

    • ‘And some critics will then take us to task for flouting ordinary usage.’
    • ‘That is the only reason I can think of to explain why he has not been taken to task more severely by the media.’
    • ‘Critics and academics frequently take Kurosawa to task for the lack of female perspective in his films.’
    • ‘Because of her delight in flouting traditional or fashionable bottoms and tops, Morrison has been taken to task by feminist critics for not supporting the party line.’
    • ‘Rest assured you will be taken to task at every opportunity for hate crime.’
    • ‘The 15-year-old Oaklands School pupil took us to task for never featuring the graphic novels he loves.’
    • ‘We have had this blip and we do not criticise the PTA for taking us to task about it.’
    • ‘Which means there will be plenty of scolds out there taking us to task again for crass consumerism.’
    • ‘Having retrospectively castigated him at length for mixing fact and opinion, she was taken to task by the presenter over statements in her own work regarding the European constitution.’
    • ‘Some of you, however, took us to task about our coverage, saying it was short of some very important information.’
    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
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