tear a strip off (someone)

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tear a strip off (someone)

To scold, upbraid, or rebuke someone very severely, as for an error or wrongdoing. The teacher really tore a strip off me for causing a disruption in class again.
See also: off, strip, tear
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The gaffer tore strips off us in the dressing room and that's exactly what he was saying.
They lost 1-0 to Hearts and Charnley said: "We let ourselves and the fans down and the manager rightly tore strips off us.