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Definition: To tell off
([o^]f; 115), adv. [OE. of, orig. the same word as R.
of, prep., AS. of, adv. & prep. [root]194. See Of
In a general sense, denoting from or away from; as:
1. Denoting distance or separation; as, the house is a mile
2. Denoting the action of removing or separating; separation;
as, to take off the hat or cloak; to cut off, to pare off,
to clip off, to peel off, to tear off, to march off, to
fly off, and the like.
3. Denoting a leaving, abandonment, departure, abatement,
interruption, or remission; as, the fever goes off; the
pain goes off; the game is off; all bets are off.
4. Denoting a different direction; not on or towards: away;
as, to look off.
5. Denoting opposition or negation. [Obs.]
The questions no way touch upon puritanism, either
off or on. --Bp.
, off from; off. “A live coal . . . taken with the
tongs from off the altar.”
--Is. vi. 6.
Off and on
(a) Not constantly; not regularly; now and then;
(b) (Naut.) On different tacks, now toward, and now away
from, the land.
To be off
(a) To depart; to escape; as, he was off without a
(b) To be abandoned, as an agreement or purpose; as, the
bet was declared to be off. [Colloq.]
To come off
, To cut off
, To fall off
, To go off
See under Come
To get off
(a) To utter; to discharge; as, to get off a joke.
(b) To go away; to escape; as, to get off easily from a
To take off To do a take-off on
, To take off
, to mimic,
lampoon, or impersonate.
To tell off
(a) (Mil.), to divide and practice a regiment or company
in the several formations, preparatory to marching to
the general parade for field exercises. --Farrow.
(b) to rebuke (a person) for an improper action; to scold;
To be well off
, to be in good condition.
To be ill off
, To be badly off
, to be in poor condition.
(t[e^]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Told
pr. & vb. n. Telling
.] [AS. tellan, from talu tale, number,
speech; akin to D. tellen to count, G. z["a]hlen, OHG. zellen
to count, tell, say, Icel. telja, Dan. tale to speak,
t[ae]lle to count. See Tale
that which is told.]
1. To mention one by one, or piece by piece; to recount; to
enumerate; to reckon; to number; to count; as, to tell
money. “An heap of coin he told.”
He telleth the number of the stars. --Ps. cxlvii.
Tell the joints of the body. --Jer. Taylor.
2. To utter or recite in detail; to give an account of; to
Of which I shall tell all the array. --Chaucer.
And not a man appears to tell their fate. --Pope.
3. To make known; to publish; to disclose; to divulge.
Why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?
4. To give instruction to; to make report to; to acquaint; to
teach; to inform.
A secret pilgrimage,
That you to-day promised to tell me of? --Shak.
5. To order; to request; to command.
He told her not to be frightened. --Dickens.
6. To discern so as to report; to ascertain by observing; to
find out; to discover; as, I can not tell where one color
ends and the other begins.
7. To make account of; to regard; to reckon; to value; to
I ne told no dainity of her love. --Chaucer.
Note: Tell, though equivalent in some respect to speak and
say, has not always the same application. We say, to
tell truth or falsehood, to tell a number, to tell the
reasons, to tell something or nothing; but we never
say, to tell a speech, discourse, or oration, or to
tell an argument or a lesson. It is much used in
commands; as, tell me the whole story; tell me all you
To tell off
, to count; to divide. --Sir W. Scott.
Syn: To communicate; impart; reveal; disclose; inform;
acquaint; report; repeat; rehearse; recite.