Detract, as in Her straggly hair takes away from her otherwise attractive appearance. [ Second half of 1800s ]
- Take a whack at
take a peek take a shine to take a whack at see: have a crack at
noun 1. something taken back or withdrawn, especially an employee benefit previously gained in a union contract; takeaway. adjective 2. of or relating to what is taken back: a takeback agreement.
- Take by storm
Make a vivid impression on, quickly win popular acclaim or renown, as in The new rock group took the town by storm. This usage transfers the original military meaning of the phrase, “assault in a violent attack,” to more peaceful endeavors. [ Mid-1800s ]
- Take care of business
take a walk