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tell1 British & World English

Communicate information to someone in spoken or written words

tell2 British & World English

(In the Middle East) an artificial mound formed by the accumulated remains of ancient settlements

tell English Thesaurus

why didn't you tell me about this before?

hear say of British & World English

Be informed of or that

see something a mile off British & World English

Recognize something very easily

strange to say British & World English

It is surprising or unusual that

Tell, William British & World English

A legendary hero of the liberation of Switzerland from Austrian oppression. He was required to hit with an arrow an apple placed on the head of his son, which he did successfully. The events are placed in the 14th century, but there is no evidence for a historical person of this name, and similar legends are of widespread occurrence

tell-all British & World English

Revealing private or salacious details

tell tales British & World English

Gossip about or reveal another person’s secrets or wrongdoings

I tell you British & World English

Used to emphasize a statement

Tell el-Amarna British & World English

The site of the ruins of the ancient Egyptian capital Akhetaten, on the east bank of the Nile

kiss and tell British & World English

Recount one’s sexual exploits, especially to the media concerning a famous person

I tell a lie British & World English

Used to correct oneself immediately when one realizes that one has made an incorrect remark

show-and-tell British & World English

A teaching method, used especially in teaching young children, in which pupils are encouraged to bring items they have selected to class and describe them to their classmates

tell the time British & World English

Be able to ascertain the time from reading the face of a clock or watch

time will tell British & World English

The truth or correctness of something will (only) be established at some time in the future

to tell the truth British & World English

To be frank (used especially when making an admission)

tell on in tell1 British & World English

Inform someone of the misdemeanours of

tell one's beads British & World English

Use the beads of a rosary in counting prayers

blood will tell British & World English

Family characteristics cannot be concealed

let me tell you British & World English

Used to emphasize a statement

I tell you what British & World English

Used to introduce a suggestion

tell me about it British & World English

Used as an ironic acknowledgement of one’s familiarity with an unpleasant situation or experience described by someone else

tell me another British & World English

Used as an expression of incredulity

tell someone off British & World English

Reprimand or scold someone

lie2 British & World English

An intentionally false statement

tell someone's fortune British & World English

Make predictions about a person’s future by palmistry, using a crystal ball, or similar methods

tell its own tale British & World English

Be significant or revealing, without any further explanation being necessary

tell it like it is British & World English

Describe the true facts of a situation no matter how unpleasant they may be

story1 British & World English

A false statement; a lie

live to tell the tale British & World English

Survive a dangerous experience and be able to tell others about it

plain1 British & World English

Clearly or unequivocally

truth to tell in to tell the truth British & World English

To be frank (used especially when making an admission)

tell that to the marines British & World English

A scornful expression of disbelief

as far as one can tell British & World English

Judging from the available information

tell the time in tell1 British & World English

Be able to ascertain the time from reading the face of a clock or watch

tell someone where to get off British & World English

Angrily dismiss or rebuke someone

tell tales in tale British & World English

Gossip about or reveal another person’s secrets or wrongdoings

retell British & World English

Tell (a story) again or differently

tell it to the hand in talk to the hand British & World English

Used as a contemptuous way of dismissing what someone has said (often accompanied by a gesture in which the palm of the hand is held in front of the original speaker’s face)

I tell you in tell1 British & World English

Used to emphasize a statement

telltale British & World English

Revealing, indicating, or betraying something

tell one's beads in bead British & World English

Use the beads of a rosary in counting prayers

kiss and tell in kiss British & World English

Recount one’s sexual exploits, especially to the media concerning a famous person

I tell a lie in lie2 British & World English

Used to correct oneself immediately when one realizes that one has made an incorrect remark


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