tell off

verb
told off; telling off; tells off

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, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Tell off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tell%20off. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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