tell off

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tell off

To castigate, rebuke, or reprimand one in a severe or merciless manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tell" and "off." It's about time someone told Jim off for his lewd behavior in the office. The waiter told off the rude customer for acting so inappropriately towards her.
See also: off, tell

tell someone off

to scold someone; to attack someone verbally. (This has a sense of finality about it.) I was so mad at Bob that I told him off. By the end of the day, I had told off everyone else, too.
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tell off

Rebuke severely, reprimand, as in It's time someone told her off about her behavior. There is also a synonymous expression, tell someone where to get off, as in When he called back a third time, I told him where to get off. [Colloquial; early 1900s] Also see get off, def. 7.
See also: off, tell

tell off

v.
To reprimand someone or something; rebuke someone or something: The customer told off the rude clerk. I was so mad at my roommate for forgetting to pay the rent each month that I finally told him off.
See also: off, tell
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CLARE HUGHES: My daughter had misbehaved when she was younger and we were telling her off.
After watching footage of his daughter in concert in a preview of BBC4 documentary The Day She Came To Dingle, Mitch Winehouse said: "I always knew she was a good singer, but I was so busy running after her and pulling her out of trouble and telling her off and taking her here, there and everywhere.
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Her mother, Carol, told Gwent coroner's court: "I was forever telling her off for not wearing a seat belt.
He followed one victim, Claire Lenieswski, to her home in Abingdon, before telling her off again.