don't tell me

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of don't tell me

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 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 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

don't play
  1. : do not

  2. : does not

  1. : a command or entreaty not to do something

tell play
  1. : to relate in detail : narrate

  2. : to give utterance to : say

  3. : to make known : divulge, reveal

  1. : an inadvertent behavior or mannerism that betrays a poker player's true thoughts, intentions, or emotions

  1. : hill, mound

me play
  1. : objective case of i


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