tell somebody off (for something doing something)


tell somebody off (for something doing something)
ˌtell sbˈoff (for sth/for doing sth) derived
(informal) to speak angrily to sb for doing sth wrong
Syn: scold

I told the boys off for making so much noise.

Did you get told off?

related noun telling-off
Main entry:tellderived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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