Phrasal verb TELL OFF

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    TELL OFF

    To tell off somebody (or tell somebody off) is to speak angrily to someone because they have done something wrong.

    Informal English.

    tick off has a very similar meaning.

    Examples of use:

    1. Mum will tell you off for breaking that window.
    2. Our English teacher told us off for throwing paper aeroplanes in class.
    3. He tells us off for the smallest things.
    4. Twitter update from the Mayor of London: Just been told off for cycling inside city hall. Sorry security!
    5. News headline: Woman told off for giving ducks wrong kind of bread.

     

    infinitive tell off
    present simple tell off and tells off
    -ing form telling off
    past simple told off
    past participle told off

     

     

     

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