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Take To Task

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,
HarperCollins, New York, 1999).

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