Tell off – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

To tell off somebody (or tell somebody off) is to speak angrily to someone because they have done something wrong.

Informal English.

tick off has a very similar meaning.

Examples of use:

1. Mum will tell you off for beaking that window.

2. Our English teacher told us off for throwing paper aeroplanes in class.

3. He tells us off for the smallest things.

4. Twitter update from the Mayor of London: Just been told off for cycling inside city hall. Sorry security!

5. News headline: Woman told off for giving ducks wrong kind of bread.

infinitive
tell off
present simple
tell off and tells off
-ing form
telling off
past simple
told off
past participle
told off

Use this phrasal verb in a sentence.

Have you been told off by somebody recently?

Have you told off your children?

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