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phrasal verb [transitive] informal
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theytell off
he/she/ittells off
present participletelling off
past tensetold off
past participletold off
  1. to criticize someone angrily for doing something wrong
    tell off for doing something:

    The teacher told me off for talking too much in class.

    be/get told off:

    I’m going to get told off for being late.

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