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English definition of “telling-off”

telling-off

noun [C usually singular]     /ˌtel.ɪŋˈɒf/ US  /-ˈɑːf/ (plural tellings-off) informal
the act of speaking angrily to someone because they have done something wrong: He gave me a good telling-off for forgetting the meeting.
(Definition of telling-off noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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