|take the pulse
||discover the feelings of the people
||Before you change the flag, see how people feel. Take their pulse.
|take the rap
||receive the blame, take the blame
||Jeremy took the rap for the crime. He alone was sent to prison.
|take the stage
||go onto the stage, be the performer on the stage
||When Bob Goulet took the stage we heard some great singing.
|take the stand
||sit in the witness chair in a courtroom
||You witnessed the crime, so you will have to take the stand.
|take the trouble
||do extra work, do special tasks, take pains
||Maria always takes the trouble to bake my favorite pie.
|take this job and shove it [B]
||I quit, you can keep this job
||Jim said to the boss, "Take this job and shove it! I'm outa here!"
|take time to smell the roses
||use some time to relax and enjoy the scenery
||Yes, pursue your goals, but take time to smell the roses.
||feel hurt, feel offended, take offense
||If you refuse her invitation to her party, she'll take umbrage.
||begin a hobby or activity, learn a skill
||First, Alice took up karate. Then she learned how to meditate.
|take up cudgels
||pick up weapons, prepare to defend or attack
||We may have to take up cudgels against people who invent and spread viruses on the Internet.