tell tales

tell tales
tell tales
To gossip or pass on (discreditable) information about others, to be a talebearer
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Main Entry:tale

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tell tales phrase
to inform someone about something bad that someone else has done. This expression is used mainly by children.
Thesaurus: to tell or reveal a secret or secretssynonym
Main entry: tell

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see tell I
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make known or gossip about another person's secrets, wrongdoings, or faults

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  • tell tales — ► tell tales gossip about another person s secrets or faults. Main Entry: ↑tell …   English terms dictionary

  • tell tales out of school — {v. phr.} To tell something that is secret; tell others something that is not meant to be known. * /Don t tell Jane anything. She is always telling tales out of school./ Compare: LET THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG, SPILL THE BEANS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • tell tales out of school — {v. phr.} To tell something that is secret; tell others something that is not meant to be known. * /Don t tell Jane anything. She is always telling tales out of school./ Compare: LET THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG, SPILL THE BEANS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • tell tales (about something somebody) — tell ˈtales (about sth/on sb) idiom (BrE) to tell sb about sth that another person has done wrong related noun ↑telltale Main entry: ↑tellidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • tell tales (about on somebody) — tell ˈtales (about sth/on sb) idiom (BrE) to tell sb about sth that another person has done wrong related noun ↑telltale Main entry: ↑tellidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • tell tales out of school — To reveal confidential matters • • • Main Entry: ↑tale …   Useful english dictionary

  • tell tales — to tell someone in authority about something bad that someone has done because you want to cause trouble for them. She wasn t very popular at school she was the sort of kid who was always telling tales about other kids. (often + about) I had half …   New idioms dictionary

  • tell tales — verb To lie, to be making false claims. Dont listen to him, hes telling tales …   Wiktionary

  • tell tales — gossip about a person s secrets or faults. → tell …   English new terms dictionary

  • tell\ tales\ out\ of\ school — v. phr. To tell something that is secret; tell others something that is not meant to be known. Don t tell Jane anything. She is always telling tales out of school. Compare: let the cat out of the bag, spill the beans …   Словарь американских идиом

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