tell on

phrasal verb

told on; telling on; tells on
informal : to tell someone in authority about the bad behavior or actions of (someone else)
Please don't tell on me.
: to have a noticeable effect on (someone or something)
The stress began to tell on her face/health.

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“Tell on.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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