to take one to task

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Canada - français

I'd like the meaning of this expression, « to take one to task », in French or in English, in this context from a newspaper : « The science community swiftly took him to task for the baseless comments. »

  • tepatria

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    His comments were seen to be inappropriate and he was asked to explain them, or the science community disputed what he said. Being taken to task means that you have to justify what you did or said because others disagree with you.
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