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Take to task   /teɪk tu tæsk/   Listen
Take to task

Censure severely or angrily.  Synonyms: bawl out, berate, call down, call on the carpet, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, lecture, rag, rebuke, remonstrate, reprimand, reproof, scold, trounce.  "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister" , "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"

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"Take to task" Quotes from Famous Books

... reproach, pass censure on, reprobate, impugn. remonstrate, expostulate, recriminate. reprehend, chide, admonish; berate, betongue[obs3]; bring to account, call to account, call over the coals, rake over the coals, call to order; take to task, reprove, lecture, bring to book; read a lesson, read a lecture to; rebuke, correct. reprimand, chastise, castigate, lash, blow up, trounce, trim, laver la tete[Fr], overhaul; give it one, give it one finely; gibbet. accuse &c. 938; impeach, denounce; hold ...
— Roget's Thesaurus

Words linked to "Take to task" :   knock, castigate, berate, tell off, pick apart, brush down, criticize, chasten, objurgate, criticise, correct, chastise

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