Definition of telling-off noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌtelɪŋ ˈɒf//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌtelɪŋ ˈɔːf//
, NAmE//ˌtelɪŋ ˈɑːf//
[usually singular] (pl. tellings-off) (British English, informal) Raising children, School life
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the act of speaking angrily to somebody, especially a child, because they have done something bad The nurse gave him a telling-off for smoking in the hospital. See related entries: Raising children, School life