Meaning of “telling-off” in the English Dictionary

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"telling-off" in British English

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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.

(Definition of “telling-off” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)