take (someone) to task

Definition of take (someone) to task

  1. :  to criticize (someone) harshly The boss took me to task for wasting time.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. :  something that is taken:

    :  the amount of money received :  proceeds, receipts, income

    :  share, cut

  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  a usually assigned piece of work often to be finished within a certain time

    :  something hard or unpleasant that has to be done

    :  duty, function

  1. :  to assign a task to

    :  to impose a tax on

    :  to oppress with great labor

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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