English verb: take to task
|1.||take to task (communication) censure severely or angrily|
|Samples||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.
|Synonyms||bawl out, berate, call down, call on the carpet, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, lecture, rag, rebuke, remonstrate, reprimand, reproof, scold, trounce|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s somebody|
|Broader (hypernym)||criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart|
|Narrower (hyponym)||brush down, castigate, chasten, chastise, correct, objurgate, tell off|