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take to task

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v take to task 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"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ants stretch when they wake up. They also appear to yawn in a very human manner before taking up the tasks of the day.
    • Take to task to reprove
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Quotations

  • W. Somerset Maugham
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    “Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “He who has a task to perform must know how to take sides, or he is quite unworthy of it.”

Idioms

Take someone to task - If you take someone to task, you scold them for something they have done wrong.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. tasque (Fr. tâche)—Low L. tasca, taxa—L. taxāre, to rate.

Usage

In literature:

Two minutes in which to accomplish his task, or take the chance of a hideous death.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
The task of taking the nine partners to York was entrusted to Lieutenant Fauche.
"The Red River Colony" by Louis Aubrey Wood
She must take up the task where he had been forced to lay it down.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
Meantime, six weeks had passed since Rosendo had departed to take up his lonely task of self-renouncing love.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
I must take her seriously to task.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XV" by Robert Louis Stevenson
But by that time nature had begun to take the task in hand, wrapping her in the calm of exhaustion.
"Sir Tom" by Mrs. Oliphant
Amy meanwhile was taking Eva to task.
"A City Schoolgirl" by May Baldwin
Sumner was not able to take up the task which his hands had dropped until the troublous winter of 1859-60.
"Charles Sumner Centenary" by Archibald H. Grimke
The Convention was now in condition to take up the great task of drafting a code of fundamental law.
"History of the Constitutions of Iowa" by Benjamin F. Shambaugh
Wyn began to take herself seriously to task.
"Wyn's Camping Days" by Amy Bell Marlowe
My task completed, I sat down beside the grave, and taking his now cold hand in mine, pressed it to my lips.
"Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume II (of II)" by Charles James Lever
But that will take time, and how are we to set about the task?
"Long Live the King" by Guy Boothby
In her rough way, motherly and unmannerly, she ventured to take her master to task for so much interest in a sinner.
"A House-Party" by Ouida
He laughed to find that, at the rate of six furrows a day, the task would take him well on into the summer.
"The Mountain Girl" by Payne Erskine
I have made my confession, let my readers make theirs instead of taking me to task.
"Rambles in Womanland" by Max O'Rell
Cook takes boy to task.
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 2" by Various
Takes the girl to task.
"Last Words" by Stephen Crane
Let us take ourselves to task and condemn our own folly and our own sin.
"Stand Up, Ye Dead" by Norman Maclean
It will be his task to take charge of the welfare of many.
"The Lost Manuscript" by Gustav Freytag
I can't tell you half what she said; but I really must take you to task for spoiling her so.
"A Double Knot" by George Manville Fenn
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In poetry:

The mouse that gnawed the oak-tree down
Began his task in early life.
He kept so busy with his teeth
He had no time to take a wife.
"Popcorn, Glass Balls, And Cranberries" by Vachel Lindsay
Ned knew I was short of tobacco one day,
And that I was too proud to ask for it;
He hated such pride, but his delicate way
Forbade him to take me to task for it.
"Ned’s Delicate Way" by Henry Lawson
A breath went through the Universe, and shook
All things to music, and a mighty voice
Roll'd upward like a psalm, and whisper'd, "Take
The task of poet, and be half a god."
"The Poet--A Dream" by Alexander Anderson
Ere you attempt a task so mild,
To lead the judgment of a child,
And place it in the truest light,
Take special care your own is right;
You'll then be to the race a friend,
And lead them to a noble end.
"The Jack Daw" by William Hutton
This is your task. It has no joy nor grace,
But it is not meant for any other hand,
And in My universe hath measured place,
Take it. I do not bid you understand.
I bid you close your eyes to see My face.
"The Cup" by Swami Vivekananda
"Take thort," the parson sez. "I only ask
Before you risk all for a life uv crime
You'll 'esitate. Is that too 'ard to task?
May there not come a time --"
"Time? Yes," I chips. "You'll git that fer yer pains.
Ar, brush yer brains!"
"Rose" by C J Dennis

In news:

The Shakespeare in Love beauty and avid cook joined her pal for an upcoming episode of Jamie and Jimmy's Food Fight Club and gamely agreed to take part in the wacky task, boarding a ride in the coastal resort of Southend, England.
Senator Malcolm A Smith takes Lil Wayne to task for his recent comments.
Ms Cutter 's prep work involved not only peppering Ms Sotomayor with sample questions and overseeing media coverage, but also taking on the more delicate task of asking Ms Sotomayor to tone down her giant dangly earrings.
(AP): Frank Martin said he's ready to take on the difficult task of turning last-place South Carolina into winners.
Mr Flywright, a veteran of the US airline industry, has been taking me to task lately for "coming down too hard" on the airlines in some of my columns.
Tufin, Exaprotect, Secure Passage and AlgoSec have evolved to attempt to take away some of the pain from the administrators tasked with managing the organizations firewalls .
The Federal Trade Commission has released a report taking to task the makers of mobile apps for children.
Braxton Miller's task: take next step to greatness .
Hilarious video takes Marlins to task for trade.
I read with great amusement the column by my friend Mike Wise this weekend in the Washington Post -- the one where he takes Orioles fans to task for shouting "O".
The site (found here)takes Tech to task for putting some 'snoozer' games on the lineup, but that is hardly the most controversial of their predictions.
What is the first step to take in a task search.
The influential Los Angeles 'Times' columnist Steve Lopez is taking the U2 guitarist to task in an op-ed piece today.
For one thing, when programmers have to shift tasks, it takes "a really, really, really long time," says Joel Spolsky, host of the Joel On Software Web site and co-founder of Fog Creek Software.
A student at Lyndon State College in Vermont contends that he is being punished for creating a Web site that takes the school to task for allegedly ignoring antigay hate crimes.
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In science:

Wilson undertook the editing task, estimating it to take five years to complete.
And free lunch for all...
Yue–Liang Wu, for taking on the complicated task to organize this conference in this wonderful and remote place.
The Physics of Flavor is the Flavor of Physics
These are sub ject to chemical or even nuclear analysis and production, but eventually one reaches a place where Nature takes over the task of design.
Biologic
The most difficult signature to remove is the flat-fielding error, which introduces very high-order variations in the continuum at the few percent level, due to the continuum fitting algorithms used to take a flat field lamp and “flatten” it with an IRAF task like RESPONSE.
An Atlas of Spectrophotometric Landolt Standard Stars
The inter-summary or user-modeled novelty refers to the novelty of information apparent when the summarization process takes into account information already available to the reader (as per the TAC 2008 update task).
MUDOS-NG: Multi-document Summaries Using N-gram Graphs (Tech Report)
In the TAC 2008 summarization task, systems are supposed to take into account the first of two sets per topic, set A, as prior user knowledge for the summary of set B of the same topic.
MUDOS-NG: Multi-document Summaries Using N-gram Graphs (Tech Report)
The task is to extract top-k actors who are prominent in the graph, taking diversity into account.
Diversity in Ranking using Negative Reinforcement
Our approach takes steps to handle both of these problems and thus changes what we mean by the sentence extraction task.
Resources for Evaluation of Summarization Techniques
For example, the initial values for QExitInter were −40.123, because in the worst case, after completing an ExitInter task, it takes about 40 steps to complete the subsequent ExitHall task and hence, complete the Go parent task.
Hierarchical Reinforcement Learning with the MAXQ Value Function Decomposition
The task takes the following form: Coming back to the theorem, let α = p/q, and let Kα be as in the lemma. i i ∈ [0, 1]2 .
Varia: Ideals and Equivalence Relations, beta-version
In the best case, it should be considered as a standard parallelization task which may take from weeks to months if maximum performance is required.
Performance of the Cell processor for biomolecular simulations
The PACS-CS(Parallel Array Computer System for Computational Science) project[6, 7, 8] is the successor to the CP-PACS/JLQCD project, which takes up the task that the latter has left off, namely simulation at the physical point to remove the ambiguity of chiral extrapolation.
Nf=2+1 dynamical Wilson quark simulation toward the physical point
In the case of BARW, the mean field result shows the need for taking into account statistical fluctuations, a task for which one expects RG methods to be particularly effective.
Some exact results in branching and annihilating random walks
When the analysis is unsupervised, e.g. when the goal is to cluster the samples or to build a corrected version of the dataset — as opposed to the study of an observed factor of interest — taking unwanted variation into account can become a difficult task.
Correcting gene expression data when neither the unwanted variation nor the factor of interest are observed
We shall then take up the task of showing how the pairings listed in column (iii) correspond to the basis functions listed in column (ii) in Sec IV A.
Models of Superconducting Cu:Bi2Se3: single versus two-band description
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