take issue

idiomatic phrase

: to adopt or express an opposed or contrary view or position : disagree
Though a barbecuing Southerner may take issue, Texas-style and Korean barbecue have much in common.Anito Lo
usually used with with
She took issue with the conclusions reached by the study.
Carolyn Nichols, an editor at Bantam, took issue with the notion that romance fiction is escapist.Charles Trueheart
Despite the proliferation of all means of communications, from magazines to computers, books remain our chief medium for the full expression of ideas, and for taking issue with those of others.Robert R. Harris

Examples of take issue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Additionally, Marshall took issue with Kolb and two other school board members for calling the special meeting that did not allow for public comment. Krista Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 11 Apr. 2024 During the meeting, an NPR producer took issue with Mr. Berliner’s argument for why NPR’s listenership has fallen off, describing a variety of factors that have contributed to the change. Katie Robertson, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2024 The American Chemistry Council, an association that represents US chemical, plastics and chlorine industries, took issue with the underlying science used to develop the new standards. Jen Christensen, CNN, 10 Apr. 2024 But water utilities took issue with the rule, saying treatment systems are expensive to install and that customers will end up paying more for water. Michael Phillis, Fortune, 10 Apr. 2024 Lamar seemingly took issue with a lyric placing Cole, Drake and Lamar on the same level. Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2024 But those who pulled their support took issue with the expansiveness of the liability shields the bill would have provided. Journal Sentinel, 1 Apr. 2024 The Biden administration has also taken issue with Apple’s lack of support for mobile cloud services. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 26 Mar. 2024 McCartney never accepted Klein as his manager, taking issue with all manner of business and creative decisions made under his direction. Jordan Runtagh, Peoplemag, 29 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1623, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of take issue was in 1623

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“Take issue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20issue. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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