To tell off

(Mil.) to divide and practice a regiment or company in the several formations, preparatory to marching to the general parade for field exercises.
to rebuke (a person) for an improper action; to scold; to reprimand.
- Farrow.
to count; to divide.
- Sir W. Scott.

See also: Off, Off, Tell

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Being the straightforward gal that she is, Naya Rivera allegedly went straight to the producrs of the show to tell off her "Glee" co-stars disruptive behavior.
A MUM who turned round to tell off her two children drove into a lorry, killing all three, an inquest heard yesterday.
She looks as if she's just come in from the playground to tell off teacher.