Definition of tick someone off in English:

tick someone off

phrasal verb

  • 1British Reprimand or rebuke someone.

    ‘he was ticked off by Angela’
    ‘he got a ticking off from the magistrate’
    • ‘You'd tick me off if I got the variety wrong but you and I know exactly what we we're talking about if I call it an ear of wheat.’
    • ‘She was ticking us off for a number of administrative errors but I think she has every confidence in the leadership we give to the appointments commission.’
    • ‘On Friday night I telephoned a friend who ticked me off for having interrupted her as she watched Justin Timberlake on Top Of The Pops.’
    • ‘He'd regularly tick me off for smoking, telling me I was damaging my health and I should pack it in before it was too late.’
    • ‘When I lost the plot, I was passed to his supervisor who took great joy in ticking me off for going out of my mind over the phone.’
    • ‘Then we were ticked off for not taking enough exercise.’
    • ‘Leon Morris spat at a retail assistant who ticked him off for being in a group that was misbehaving, a court heard at another hearing.’
    • ‘Later he ticked me off for not including him in on emails to the client.’
    • ‘Beyond the door Matron was ticking Bentham off for leaving Thomas alone and the other nurses were gathering, quizzing each other and expressing dismay.’
    • ‘Mrs H first ticked her off for taking a silly route then offered her a hot bath.’
    reprimand, rebuke, admonish, chastise, chide, upbraid, reprove, reproach, scold, remonstrate with, berate, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambaste, read someone the riot act, give someone a piece of one's mind, lecture, criticize, censure
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  • 2North American Make someone annoyed or angry.

    ‘Jefferson was a little ticked off, but he'll come around’
    • ‘So at this point, was I worried about ticking them off?’
    • ‘I'll make some people mad for saying this, but I'll tell you what really ticks me off.’
    • ‘So, if any of you are ticked off by the thing, my apologies.’
    • ‘We just drive around in circles acting confused because we know how much it ticks women off.’
    • ‘But behind the hockey pads and blender parts, there ticks a mind obsessed with ticking people off.’
    • ‘Please forgive me and know that I likewise extend forgiveness to all who have offended, insulted, irritated, or otherwise ticked me off.’
    • ‘Tell me why that ticks you off, makes you feel hopeless, and makes you think I am defeatist trash.’
    • ‘Those girls were always doing something to tick him off, angering him more than humanly possible.’
    • ‘Let what is deep within you come out whenever I write something that ticks you off!’
    • ‘It ticks me off to no end that they didn't even bother to send out a notification to let us hostees know that there was going to be a server move.’
    annoy, irritate, infuriate, anger, incense, inflame, enrage, vex, irk, chagrin, exasperate, madden, pique, provoke, nettle, disturb, upset, perturb, discompose, put out, try, try someone's patience, get on someone's nerves, bother, trouble, worry, agitate, ruffle, hound, rankle with, nag, torment, pain, distress, tease, frustrate, chafe, grate, fret, gall, outrage, displease, offend, disgust, dissatisfy, disquiet
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