tell off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v tell off reprimand "She told the misbehaving student off"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: You can tell how a rabbit is feeling (emotion-wise) through the position of its ears. If the ears are standing tall, pointing forward, the rabbit is happy and curious. If the ears are laid completely flat on its back and are pointing backwards, the rabbit is more than likely pissed off or frightened. If one ear is halfway up and somewhat cocked towards you, and the other one is standing compeltely up, but facing away from you, then the rabbit is confused, and curious as to what the heck you're doing.
    • Tell off to count: to assign, as for a special duty
    • Tell off to count off: to detach on some special duty
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Quotations

  • Robert Townsend
    Robert Townsend
    “Consultants are people who borrow your watch and tell you what time it is, and then walk off with the watch.”
  • Sir Arnold Lunn
    Sir Arnold Lunn
    “Preaching is heady wine. It is pleasant to tell people where they get off.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tellan; Ice. telja, Ger. zählen, to number.

Usage

In literature:

Just let a poor wretch come and tell me he is hungry, and I'll take off my own shirt and give it to him.
"Master Olof" by August Strindberg
I tell you what I will do; if, when the races are over, I find I have gained enough to afford it, I will see about buying her off.
"What Will He Do With It, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
She's packed off the other two, and she's come here so as to tell them how you take it.
"L'Assommoir" by Emile Zola
I think that we had better tell off two of the men as cooks.
"With Moore at Corunna" by G. A. Henty
Be off, I tell you, and don't dare to come in here!
"Redemption and Two Other Plays" by Leo Tolstoy
You must tell them that your young lady seemed to run as fast off with me as I with her.
"Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
He pulled the lodger up like a flash, and, telling Peter to take hold of the other side of him, they set off arter Sam.
"Ship's Company, The Entire Collection" by W.W. Jacobs
Tell 'im that, after my father's 'art proved too much for me, I walked the streets all night, and now I can't face may injured son and family yet awhile, and I'm off to London till it has blown over.
"At Sunwich Port, Complete" by W.W. Jacobs
I'm going straight off to tell Mr.
"Captains All and Others" by W.W. Jacobs
If one run off, he'd tell the res', 'If you see so and so, tell 'im to come on back.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
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In poetry:

"Men may weill wyt, thouch nane thaim tell,
How angry for sorow, and how fell,
Is to tyne sic a Lord as he
To thaim that war off hys mengye.’
"The Death Of Sir James, Lord Of Douglas" by James Clerk Maxwell
Men throng from far-off stranger land,
To stare, to wonder, not to kneel,
With map and guide-book in their hand
To tell them what to think and feel.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Break off your fears, ye saints, and tell
How high our great Deliv'rer reigns;
Sing how he spoiled the hosts of hell,
And led the monster Death in chains.
"Hymn 44 part 1" by Isaac Watts
"To keep me waiting here, instead
Of telling me at once
That this was not the house!" he said.
"There, that'll do - be off to bed!
Don't gape like that, you dunce!"
"Phantasmagoria Canto VI ( Dyscomfyture )" by Lewis Carroll
MRS. P. Come, tell me all about it! Do not fear—
I, too, have loved; but that was long ago!
Who is the object of your young affections?
CONST. Hush, mother! He is here! (Looking off)
"The Sorcerer: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
They spoke not, ah, no; for they felt their hearts speak
A language their tongues could not tell;
As he kiss'd off the tears that fell fast on her cheek,
As she sigh'd on his bosom, farewel.
"Mary" by Thomas Gent

In news:

The Tipster app provides a free, fun, and simple way to tell the editors of Consumerist.com about any scams, rip-offs, shoddy products, hot deals, or freebies you've come across.
Award-Winning Educators Tell Governor to Call off Teacher "Witch Hunt".
Tonight 16 homeowners in the River Oaks subdivision off Mines Road can tell you its been a nightmare.
I didn't fall off the turnip truck,' man tells scam caller.
The Rolling Stones guitarist tells the UK's "Daily Mail" that he's no longer "fighting or struggling" with staying off alcohol.
Josh Billue will tell you, straight off, that booking bands is nothing like playing football.
Cherry Hill is telling smokers it's time to get their butts off public property - inside and out.
Twihard Fan tells the world to BACK OFF .
Stanton's blast off Lincecum tells the story.
Tell Us What Entertainment Gets You Off Your Couch.
Firefighters tell us the driver quickly pulled off the road after he noticed smoke coming from the back of his truck.
But does the app tell you when to stay off the road .
" Beck tells TALKERS, "The BS of A and I have a hard job with this comedy show but I think we can pull it off – create a fake debate that is actually funnier and more absurd than the real o...
A decent British heist film tells the true story of the robbers who pulled off The Bank Job.
Somewhere between winning the lottery and hearing your name called on "The Price is Right" is that other common fantasy: Telling off your boss.
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In science:

In the field theory presumably the conformal symmetry breaking parameter (µ) which might trigger symmetry breaking is the same parameter as that telling us there’s a plasma density cutting off the theory - there’s no room for dynamics.
R-Charge Chemical Potential in a 2+1 Dimensional System
In the field theory presumably the conformal symmetry breaking parameter (µ) which might trigger symmetry breaking is the same parameter as that telling us there’s a plasma density cutting off the theory - there’s no room for dynamics.
Chemical Potential in the Gravity Dual of a 2+1 Dimensional System
This tells us that our trial choice of the distributions of the components of the eigenvectors is correct, and so in particular the qualification starting off the statement of Proposition 4.2 can be removed.
Tridiagonal realization of the anti-symmetric Gaussian $\beta$-ensemble
From a purely mathematical point of view, if the product of wave functions and spectral density is a smooth function, f , of the real variable λ, then the RiemannLebesgue lemma tells us that the correlator falls off faster than any power of ω .
The Regge Limit for Green Functions in Conformal Field Theory
Lemma 2.2 tells us that the roles of the diagonal operator H and of the off-diagonal operator b are interchangeable.
Random Block Operators
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