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tear someone off a strip
To scold, upbraid, or rebuke someone very severely, as for an error or wrongdoing. The teacher really tore me off a strip for causing a disruption in class again.
tear someone off a strip (or tear a strip off someone)rebuke someone angrily. informal
This expression was originally RAF slang, first recorded in the 1940s.