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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.
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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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When he tried to tell us off for doing the same, he had no leg to stand on.
When he tried to tell us off for doing the same he had no leg to stand on!
"We listen to them, they tell us off, they tell us their problems and we do that with an open door policy as that is the way our politics should be."
He adds: "The lady we filmed with was an absolute joy and made us laugh all day - but she did tell us off for messing about!!
In fact, the only good thing was that Worzel's weird sayings allowed us to shout things like, "Well, I'll be bumswizzled!" at the dinner table without our parents being able to tell us off for swearing.
All the traders would tell us off!" The pensioner, who lives in Whitchurch, said she hoped the campaigners would be successful in attracting funding to renovate the building.
"We hear anecdotally about the pressures of informal targets on sanctions - we all know they are in place - from people who are too frightened to say something, so they tell us off the record."
Probably the regulator will tell us off." Gareth Pierce, WJEC chief executive, said its inquiry would be completed by the weekend: the board needed to determine if the language recorded by the newspaper was "appropriate".
He understands that and doesn't have to tell us off very often.
Al Jazeera's Nour Odeh, reporting from Ramallah, said that as far as the Americans are concerned, talks about peace were a must: "Many Palestinian officials tell us off the record that no American administration would allow these talks to fail so early in the process."
being home the would He was constantly being sent home and the school would tell us off as if we were to blame." us off we to The situation became so bad that Jake did not even want to go to school and so the family made a dramatic, and sudden, decision.
Surely God, who made us with love, would not have put beauty, fun, laughter, love and happiness in the world just to tempt us, just so that he could tell us off for enjoying them.
Even at halftime against Ross County last Saturday gaffer didn't need to tell us off.
"We came out looking for him expecting him to tell us off for fussing and worrying about him for no reason.