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telling-offnoun [C usually singular]

uk   /ˌtel.ɪŋˈɒf/ us   /ˌtel.ɪŋˈɑːf/ plural tellings-off mainly UK 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.
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