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Tell off   /tɛl ɔf/   Listen
Tell off

Reprimand.  Synonym: brush down.

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"Tell off" Quotes from Famous Books

... and men of the bodyguard were lodged, with a message requesting Captain Acor's immediate attendance. And when, about a quarter of an hour later, Acor put in an appearance, Dick briefly recounted to him the morning's happenings, and wound up by directing him to tell off a sufficient number of men and with them proceed to search for and arrest Sachar, to take possession of and occupy not only Sachar's residence, but every other building belonging to the man, and to seize and lodge in a place of security all Sachar's ...
— In Search of El Dorado • Harry Collingwood

... stan'in' sentry in the sun (an', fact, it seemed a cent'ry) A ketchin' smells o' biled an' roast thet come out thru the entry, An' hearin' ez I sweltered thru my passes an' repasses, A rat-tat-too o' knives an' forks, a clinkty-clink o' glasses: I can't tell off the bill o' fare the Gin'rals hed inside; 110 All I know is, thet out o' doors a pair o' soles wuz fried, An' not a hunderd miles away from ware this child wuz posted, A Massachusetts citizen wuz baked an' biled an' roasted; ...
— The Complete Poetical Works of James Russell Lowell • James Lowell

Words linked to "Tell off" :   rebuke, call down, lambaste, berate, trounce, remonstrate, lambast, reprimand, chew out, jaw, bawl out, lecture, dress down, call on the carpet, scold, chew up, take to task, reproof, brush down, chide, rag, have words

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