n. (pl. tellings-off) colloq. a reproof or reprimand.

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scolding, chiding, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reproof, lecture, row
FORMAL castigation, upbraiding
COLLOQ. dressing-down, ticking-off, bawling-out, talking-to, slap/smack on the wrist, rap over the knuckles, flea in someone's ear, rocket, wigging, carpeting, earful

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reprimand, criticism, dressing-down (informal), lecture, rebuke, reproach, reproof, scolding, talking-to, ticking-off (informal)

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noun (informal). See reprimand noun.

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telling-offˈ noun
A reprimand
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Main Entry:tell

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telling-off UK US noun [countable] [singular telling-off plural tellings-off] informal
an occasion when you tell someone that you are angry with them for something that they have done
Thesaurus: criticisms and accusationssynonym

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ˌtelling-ˈoff [telling-off tellings-off] noun usually singular (pl. ˌtellings-ˈoff)(BrE, informal)
the act of speaking angrily to sb, especially a child, because they have done sth bad
Example Bank:

The nurse gave him a telling-off for smoking in the hospital.

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  • telling-off — plural tellings off n [C usually singular] BrE the act of telling someone that they have done something wrong ▪ I ve already had one telling off from Dad this week. →tell off at ↑tell …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • telling-off — noun count INFORMAL an occasion when you tell someone you are angry with them for something they have done: I got a telling off for parking my car in front of someone else s house …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • telling-off — ► NOUN (pl. tellings off) informal ▪ a reprimand …   English terms dictionary

  • telling-off — tellings off also telling off N COUNT: usu sing If you give someone a telling off, you tell them that you are very angry with them about something they have done. [INFORMAL] I got a severe telling off for not phoning him …   English dictionary

  • telling-off — noun give sb a telling off to talk angrily to someone because they have done something wrong: They gave the children a good telling off. see also: tell off tell …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • telling-off — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms telling off : singular telling off plural tellings off informal an occasion when you tell someone that you are angry with them for something that they have done …   English dictionary

  • telling off — noun A reprimand, reproach, or lecture. Hes going to get quite a telling off if his dad ever finds out about it …   Wiktionary

  • telling off — see telling off …   English dictionary

  • telling-off — noun An instance of telling someone off, a reprimand …   Wiktionary

  • telling-off — noun (plural tellings off) Brit. informal a reprimand …   English new terms dictionary

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