tell off Idiom, Proverb
tell offTo castigate, rebuke, or reprimand one in a severe or merciless manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tell" and "off." It's about time someone told Jim off for his lewd behavior in the office. The waiter told off the rude customer for acting so inappropriately towards her.See also: off, tell
tell someone offto scold someone; to attack someone verbally. (This has a sense of finality about it.) I was so mad at Bob that I told him off. By the end of the day, I had told off everyone else, too.See also: off, tell
tell offRebuke 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. See also: off, tell
tell offv. To reprimand someone or something; rebuke someone or something: The customer told off the rude clerk. I was so mad at my roommate for forgetting to pay the rent each month that I finally told him off.
See also: off, tell
The director told off Jim for being late for work again. 吉姆又一次迟到了，受到主任的训斥。
The boss told his secretary off for making private telephone calls from the office．老板训斥了他的秘书，因为她从办公室往外打私人电话。
She didn't like being told off in front of other people, so she gave in her notice．她不愿意当众挨批评，于是递交了辞职通知书。
1. To name or count one by one and give some special duty to; give a share to. Five boy scouts were told off to clean the camp.
To speak to angrily or sharply; attack with words; scold. Mr. Black got angry and told off the boss. Bobby kept pulling Sally's hair; finally she got angry and told him where to get off. Synonym:
TELL ONE WHERE TO GET OFF. Compare:
GIVE A PIECE OF ONE'S MIND, LAY DOWN THE LAW, TELL A THING OR TWO.