*tell (someone) off*

tell (someone) off

Definition: to speak to someone in an angry way because they have done something wrong.

E.g.1: I came home late and my mother told me off.
E.g.2: When I was a school boy my teachers often told me off because I preferred talking to my friends to studying.

This phrasal verb can be separated. (E.g.1 and 2)

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