- The country's intellectuals are also being taken to task for their failure to speak out against the regime.
- He was taken to task for not reporting the problem earlier.
- She took her assistant to task for/over her carelessness.
△If you take someone to task, you criticize them or tell them off because of something bad or wrong that they have done. (= rebuke)
△to criticize or reprove
△take someone to task (for): to strongly criticize somebody for something they have done
△to criticize or speak angrily to someone for something that they have done wrong.
■ take (call, bring, hold) to task: To reprimand or censure / to severely criticize someone
... COBUILD, COLLINS, LDOCE, CALD, The American Heritage/MacMillan