meaning of tell off

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reenamma

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what is the meaning of 'tell off'... when do we use that . pls give me a contxt
 

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In Tell off - English Phrasal Verb - UsingEnglish.com "chide" is a bit of a hard word though. Perhaps "reprimand" would be easier - longer, but easier...? The 'talk to someone angrily...' periphrasis is good though.

Also, 'tell off' can take an object complement :)?: - I still have a lot to learn about formal grammar...) after "for":

"Don't tread on the flower-beds. Archie will tell you off if you do."
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"Archie told me off for walking on the flower-beds."

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