pray tell

idiom

old-fashioned
used for emphasis to demand an answer when asking someone for a reason, explanation, etc.
Why should I trust them, pray tell?
What were you doing, pray tell?

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Recent Examples on the Web Who, pray tell, were John Heminges and Henry Condell? John Anderson, WSJ, 14 Nov. 2023

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“Pray tell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pray%20tell. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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