Apr 14, 2015

Not "use"; more like "go to (or into, or on to)". For example, "The protesters took to the streets to spread their message"; or "The villagers took to the hills to avoid the invading army".

So, in your case, the lawmakers went on television/radio.

I suspect that "take to", in this sense, may be a shortening of "take oneself to" — though I can't find any firm proof of that.


The word go has so many senses.
Which sense matches the use of "went"?


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The lawmakers could have taken to the airwaves to be on television and radio. In this context, airwaves specifically means broadcasting on television and radio (reference).

Other similar, and perhaps more common idioms are:

  • hit the airwaves - be broadcast for the first time
  • rule the airwaves - receive more broadcasting time than others

There are many different ways you can be on television or radio. The most common are probably go and be

  • go on television
  • be on television

Here is a nice list of many different ways that go is used. One of the examples happens to be "go on television."

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