Posted by ESC on January 02, 2005
In Reply to: Take To Task posted by Bruce Kahl on January 02, 2005
: It means to criticize, to have shortcomings exposed.
: I did not see this anywhere on PF.
To take someone to task -- To rebuke someone; to call him or her to account. "The idea is of challenging them to a task that one could have taken upon oneself." From "Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (Sixteenth Edition,
HarperCollins, New York, 1999).