Definition of tear a strip off someone in English:

tear a strip off someone

(also tear someone off a strip)

phrase

informal British
  • Rebuke someone angrily.

    • ‘when he realized it was all a put-up job he tore a strip off Julie’
    reprimand, rebuke, scold, admonish, reprove, upbraid, chastise, chide, censure, castigate, lambast, berate, lecture, criticize, take to task, read the Riot Act to, haul over the coals