don't tell me

Definition of don't tell me

  1. 1 —used to request that someone not give one information because one wants to guess what it is “I know the answer.” “Don't tell me. I want to guess.”

  2. 2 informal —used to show that one already knows what someone is going to say especially because he or she often says such things “I have a favor to ask of you.” “Don't tell me—I bet you need to borrow more money, don't you?”

  3. 3 informal —used to express surprise and disappointment Don't tell me the concert tickets were all sold out?!” “No, I bought the last two tickets.”

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  do not

    :  does not

  1. :  a command or entreaty not to do something

  1. :  count, enumerate

    :  to relate in detail :  narrate

    :  to give utterance to :  say

  1. :  hill, mound

    :  an ancient mound in the Middle East composed of remains of successive settlements

  1. : objective case ofi

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a brief usually trivial fact

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