tell off

[tell off] {v.} 1. To name or count one by one and give somespecial duty to; give a share to.

Five boy scouts were told off toclean the camp.

2. {informal} To speak to angrily or sharply; attackwith words; scold.

Mr. Black got angry and told off the boss.

Bobby kept pulling Sally's hair; finally she got angry and told himwhere to get off.

Syn.: TELL ONE WHERE TO GET OFF. Compare: GIVE APIECE OF ONE'S MIND, LAY DOWN THE LAW, TELL A THING OR TWO.