task Idioms & Phrases
take to task
verb censure severely or angrily
call on the carpet; rag; dress down; remonstrate; chew out; call down; jaw; lambast; trounce; scold; chide; berate; chew up; have words; rebuke; reprimand; reproof; lecture; bawl out; lambaste.
- 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
noun a temporary military unit formed to accomplish a particular objective
noun a semipermanent unit created to carry out a continuing task
To take to task
- to reprove; to censure.