tell a different story

idiom

: to show that something different is true from what someone says is true
He said he wasn't at the scene of the crime, but the fingerprints tell a different story.

Examples of tell a different story in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The records unsealed this week tell a different story. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2024 Whistleblowers tell a different story Boeing’s vocal support in its recent memo for employees reporting safety concerns is a stark contrast to the testimonies Boeing whistleblowers shared in a Senate hearing on April 17 about the company’s safety culture. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 7 May 2024 Advertisement While the rise of Democrats in O.C. has made all the headlines, the facts on the ground tell a different story. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2024 However, today’s media landscape tends to tell a different story, as most online and TV personalities boast nearly identical sets of straight, gleaming teeth with no gaps, as many opt to receive veneers. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 25 Mar. 2024 Cops say Perkins pointed a gun outfitted with a flashlight at officers, leading them to shoot and kill him, but neighbors’ security footage and the family’s lawyer tell a different story. Brenna Ehrlich, Rolling Stone, 25 Oct. 2023 Former President Donald Trump has claimed Black voters are fans of his who view him as a victim of unjust prosecution, but the polls and experts tell a different story. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 29 Feb. 2024 But desirable markets like Atlanta, Dallas, and Charlotte tell a different story—Wall Street owns more than 4% of single-family homes in Atlanta, for one, and could be a factor in rising housing costs. Alena Botros, Fortune, 18 Feb. 2024 Had Gray begun his book with a true early liberal thinker, he would have been obliged to tell a different story. Helena Rosenblatt, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024

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“Tell a different story.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tell%20a%20different%20story. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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