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09 / 06 / 2010

TO TELL OFF: meaning and examples

Good morning everyone.

Today we continue looking at words and expressions that were recorded from last weekend's English Immersion in the Coromina Hotel in Viladrau (

Today's expression is: to tell (someone) off

Meaning: The act of speaking angrily to someone, often a child, because they have done something wrong; to reprimand.

Example 1:
He told me off only because I arrived 5 minutes late. He's in a bad mood today.

Example 2:
His mother really told him off after he stole a pack of gum from the supermarket.

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