take to task

  • 1 take to task — ► take to task reprimand or criticize. Main Entry: ↑task …

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

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  • 3 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 …

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  • 4 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,… …

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  • 5 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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  • 6 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 …

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  • 7 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./ …

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  • 8 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./ …

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  • 9 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 …

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

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  • 11 take to task — Reprove, reprimand, chide, take to do, call to account, rebuke …

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  • 12 take to task — phrasal to call to account for a shortcoming ; criticize …

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  • 13 To take to task — Task Task (t[.a]sk), n. [OE. taske, OF. tasque, F. t[^a]che, for tasche, LL. tasca, taxa, fr. L. taxare to rate, appraise, estimate. See {Tax}, n. & v.] 1. Labor or study imposed by another, often in a definite quantity or amount. [1913 Webster]… …

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  • 14 Task — (t[.a]sk), n. [OE. taske, OF. tasque, F. t[^a]che, for tasche, LL. tasca, taxa, fr. L. taxare to rate, appraise, estimate. See {Tax}, n. & v.] 1. Labor or study imposed by another, often in a definite quantity or amount. [1913 Webster] Ma task of …

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  • 15 task — ► NOUN ▪ a piece of work to be done. ► VERB 1) (task with) assign (a task) to. 2) make great demands on. ● take to task Cf. ↑take to task …

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  • 16 task — [task, täsk] n. [ME taske < NormFr tasque (OFr tasche) < ML tasca, for taxa, a tax < L taxare, to rate, value, TAX] 1. a piece of work assigned to or demanded of a person 2. any piece of work 3. an undertaking involving labor or… …

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  • 17 task — /task / (say tahsk) noun 1. a definite piece of work assigned or falling to a person; a duty. 2. any piece of work. 3. a matter of considerable labour or difficulty. 4. Obsolete a tax or impost. –verb (t) 5. to subject to severe or excessive… …

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  • 18 task — taskless, adj. /task, tahsk/, n. 1. a definite piece of work assigned to, falling to, or expected of a person; duty. 2. any piece of work. 3. a matter of considerable labor or difficulty. 4. Obs. a tax or impost. 5. take to task, to call to… …

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  • 19 task — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. work, stint, job, labor; lesson, assignment, charge, duty, chore; drudgery, burden. v. t. strain, tax, overburden, overwork; impose, assign, charge. See exertion, commission, command, business. II… …

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  • 20 task — n. & v. n. a piece of work to be done or undertaken. v.tr. 1 make great demands on (a person s powers etc.). 2 assign a task to. Phrases and idioms: take to task rebuke, scold. task force (or group) 1 Mil. an armed force organized for a special… …

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