Green’s Dictionary of Slang

tick off n.

also ticking off

a scolding.

[Aus]‘Price Warung’ Tales of the Old Regime 115: Night after night they heard the verbal tick-off of the Lieutenant-in-Command.
[UK]A.S.G. Lee letter in No Parachute (1968) 24 May 18: I ran into another tick-off from Captain Pratt.
[UK]E.A. Robertson Ordinary Families 310: Quarts aren’t bigger than gallons. Afraid that rather spoils the ticking off!
[UK]C. MacInnes Mr Love and Justice (1964) 77: The worst I can expect [...] is a good ticking-off.
[UK]Wodehouse Much Obliged, Jeeves 46: It was a severe ticking-off.
[UK]Barr & York Sloane Ranger Hbk 158: Sloanes have lots of words for anger and its consequence,[...] ‘Gave him a ticking off’ [etc.].
[Ire]B. Quinn Smokey Hollow 117: Joe got a ticking off.
[UK]S. Lawrence Those Girls 50: Most parents would have phoned their daughter and given her a good ticking off.