tell off

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tell off (transitive, idiomatic)

  1. To rebuke, to reprimand, or to admonish, often in a harsh, direct way.
  2. To count (members of a sequence), to enumerate.
    • 1903, Field and Stream (page 755)
      The Recruit looked thoughtful and told off the days on his fingers.
  3. (military) To divide and practise a regiment or company in the several formations, preparatory to marching to the general parade for field exercises.
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  • Oxford English Dictionary