tell a different story

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of tell a different story

: 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.

Word by Word Definitions

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

different play
  1. : partly or totally unlike in nature, form, or quality : dissimilar

  2. : not the same: such as

  3. : distinct

  1. : differently

story play
  1. : history

  2. : history

  3. : an account of incidents or events

  1. : to narrate or describe in story

  2. : to adorn with a story or a scene from history

  1. : the space in a building between two adjacent floor levels or between a floor and the roof

  2. : a set of rooms in such a space

  3. : a unit of measure equal to the height of the story of a building


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