verb (tr, adverb)
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Derived forms of tell offtelling off or telling-off, noun
Words nearby tell off
Idioms and Phrases with 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.