One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he took some experts to task for their optimistic predictions’
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
British informal tick off, carpet
North American informal bawl out, chew out
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