tear off a strip

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Related to tear a strip off: get to the bottom of, come into your own, take a stab at something

tear somebody off a strip

  (British informal) also tear a strip off somebody (British & Australian informal)
to speak angrily to someone because they have done something wrong He tore her off a strip for being late.
See pull hair out, tear at heartstrings
See also: off, strip, tear