Definition of tell off phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

  

tell off

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs

tell somebodyoff (for something/for doing something)

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 to speak angrily to someone for doing something wrong synonym scold I told the boys off for making so much noise. Did you get told off?
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