tell (one) off

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tell (one) off

To castigate, rebuke, or reprimand someone it a severe or merciless manner. 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.
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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.
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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.
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I don't even tell her off any more, we're so used to it.
A PARAMEDIC wrongly turned on his blue flashing lights to pull over a woman - to tell her off for bad driving, a disciplinary hearing in Cardiff was told yesterday.
Now she'll be in good shape to take on any bouncers who tell her off for being tipsy.
She said: "I'm stricter than Tom but I struggle to keep a straight face when I tell her off - Sometimes she'll do things for comic effect and I can't stop myself laughing.
A PARAMEDIC used a flashing blue light on his car dashboard to pull over a driver so he could tell her off for cutting him up, an inquiry heard.
Passenger Nathan Jones said Miss Powell, from Ebbw Vale, South Wales, had turned to tell her off seconds before hitting an oncoming van at 60mph.