Posted by Bob on February 03, 2003
In Reply to: Take in charge posted by Stephen on February 03, 2003
: Can anyone tell me more about the meaning of the phrase "to take in charge," -- as when we talk about someone taking someone else in charge. I get the impression it implies an imperious attitude toward another, having someone do your bidding. But I would like a more detailed explanation of the meaning, if one is available.
Not imperious, but definitely to take custody. It's an authority relationship, to take responsibility for someone or something. One could, of course, use those words in a tone of voice that can be read as imperious, but the phrase itself is not charged (!) with that meaning.