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, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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