Meaning of “tell off someone” in the English Dictionary

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"tell off someone" in American English

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tell off someone

past tense and past participle told
phrasal verb with tell us /tel/ verb past tense and past participle told /toʊld/

to criticize someone angrily:

Rob told off his boss, then quit.

(Definition of “tell off someone” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)