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 for take to task
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  take to task
      v 1: censure severely or angrily; "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" [syn: call on the carpet, take to
           task, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture,
           reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold,
           chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out,
           chew up, have words, lambaste, lambast]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  70 Moby Thesaurus words for "take to task":
     accuse, admonish, allege, arraign, article, book, bring accusation,
     bring charges, bring to account, bring to book, call to account,
     castigate, charge, chasten, chastise, chide, cite, complain,
     correct, deal with, denounce, denunciate, discipline, fasten on,
     fasten upon, finger, hang something on, have words with, impeach,
     imply, impute, indict, inflict upon, inform against, inform on,
     insinuate, lay charges, lecture, lodge a complaint, lodge a plaint,
     masthead, objurgate, penalize, pillory, pin on, prefer charges,
     press charges, punish, put on report, rate, rebuke, report,
     reprehend, reprimand, reproach, reprove, scold, set down,
     set straight, settle with, spank, square accounts, straighten out,
     take down, task, taunt with, tax, twit, upbraid, visit upon
  
  

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