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.
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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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While Mariam's inappropriate video went undetected by her fellow celebrities, Kuwaiti TV presenter Mai Alaeddine told her off saying, "Mariam Hussein, how respectable are you, keep the filthy expressions coming."
A teenager plunged to her death from the 17th floor of a skyscraper in JLT in Dubai after her father told her off for cheating in an exam.
Lawrence said that she initially tried putting it in an inconspicuous place - in her hallway towards the bathroom - but then her mother spotted it and told her off for it.
MOV to see Alelex dowdowandSan Alexandra Burke says her dad came down to the set of her new vid, Elephant, and told her off for not covering up.
Olive Rack, 55, who runs the Tresco House Day Nursery in Kettering, Northants, was due to appear at Daventry Magistrates' Court accused of assaulting the two-and-a- half-year-old child when she told her off for striking a year-old baby with a toy brick.
Olive Rack, 55, who runs the Tresco House Day Nursery in Kettering, Northants, will appear at Daventry Magistrates' Court accused of assaulting the two-and-a-half-year-old child when she told her off for striking a year-old baby with a toy brick.
Madonna just laughed at him when he told her off, said the writer.
Nasty Nigel told her off for partying too hard at a group meal.
MY five-year-old daughter came home from school upset because her teacher had told her off for not thinking about what she was going to say before putting her hand up.
Call me easily pleased if you like but I am over-excited by her honesty - I had often wondered whether Mr Blair told her off for her indiscretions and it turns out, just like my husband does with me, he did.