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The same goes for a good telling off as this also would be seen as verbal abuse.
But Nick Cartmell, defending, told the court there was no pushing, no slap and nothing worse than a telling off.
THIS mischievous young orangutan is made to see the error of his ways when he gets a telling off from his dad.
One time I went to meet her coming home along the Forty Foot Road I was given a right telling off and told not to go down there again.
The blocks used to lift if there was heavy rain, making it easier to run off with them, and even though we had a telling off, our mothers were grateful, and we kept nice and warm even though these stunk and belched out smoke, it was good.
Researchers fooled dog owners into thinking their dog had been up to mischief - then watched the pets' reaction to a telling off.
But the Page Moss youngster was brought back down to earth after a strict telling off from police and a grounding from mum Michelle.
Airport authorities saw the British man and Swedish woman in the early hours of Sunday morning and contacted police who gave them a telling off.
SMILE singer Lily Allen has received a telling off from schools for showing TV viewers a mobile phone clip of a pupil pulling down a teacher's trousers.
In any other profession a confrontation like this would have been dealt with by a telling off from a manager and an order to shake hands and move on.