tell against

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of tell against

British, formal
: to be a disadvantage to (someone)
  • His unkempt appearance is bound to tell against him in court.

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

against play
  1. : in opposition or hostility to

  2. : contrary to

  3. : in competition with

  1. : in preparation for the time when


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