tell off

verb

Definition of tell off

transitive verb
1 : reprimand, excoriate
  • told him off for his arrogance
2 : to number and set apart; especially : to assign to a special duty
  • told off a detail and put them to opening a trench
  • —J. F. Dobie

First Known Use of tell off

1727



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