tell off

tell off  {v.}
1. To name or count one by one and give some special duty to; give a share to.
Five boy scouts were told off to clean the camp.
2.  {informal}
To speak to angrily or sharply; attack with words; scold.
Mr. Black got angry and told off the boss.
Bobby kept pulling Sally's hair; finally she got angry and told him where to get off.
Categories: informal verb