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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 — n. (pl. tellings off) colloq. a reproof or reprimand. * * * n scolding, chiding, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reproof, lecture, row FORMAL castigation, upbraiding COLLOQ. dressing down, ticking off, bawling out, talking to, slap/smack on the… …   Useful english 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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