tear (someone) off a strip

Definition of tear (someone) off a strip

British, informal

  1. :  to talk angrily to (someone who has done something wrong) His dad tore him off a strip for denting the car.

Word by Word Definitions

tearplay
  1. :  to separate parts of or pull apart by force :  rend

    :  to wound by or as if by pulling apart by force :  lacerate

    :  to divide or disrupt by the pull of contrary forces

  1. :  damage from being torn (see 1tear)

    :  a hole or flaw made by tearing

    :  the act of tearing something

  1. :  a drop of clear saline fluid secreted by the lacrimal gland and diffused between the eye and eyelids to moisten the parts and facilitate their motion

    :  a secretion of profuse tears that overflow the eyelids and dampen the face

    :  an act of weeping or grieving

  1. :  to fill with tears (see 3tear) :  shed tears

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  from a place or position

    :  away from land

    :  at a distance in space or time

  1. : used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

    :  to seaward of

    :  from the possession or charge of

  1. :  seaward

    :  right

    :  more removed or distant

  1. :  to go away :  depart

    :  kill, murder

  1. : office; officer; official

stripplay
  1. :  to remove clothing, covering, or surface matter from

    :  to deprive of possessions

    :  to divest of honors, privileges, or functions

  1. :  a long narrow piece of a material

    :  a long narrow area of land or water

    :  airstrip


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