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.

Examples of tell on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Biden and Netanyahu also discussed aspects of the second phase of the deal, which would be expected to bring about a permanent cease-fire and the release of all remaining living hostages and Israeli soldiers held in Gaza, journalists were told on the briefing call. Andrea Mitchell, NBC News, 4 July 2024 Corporations — entities that have long capitalized on social causes to chase profit — seem to be telling on themselves with an apparent pullback on Pride Month marketing this year. Li Zhou, Vox, 20 June 2024 Where once the account of the army’s arrival in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, rarely circulated outside African-American circles, the narrative is now told on an annual basis in thousands of celebrations across the country. Tobin Miller Shearer, TIME, 19 June 2024 We have been told on multiple occasions by the Army that FARA was their number one priority. Staff Report, Hartford Courant, 17 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for tell on 

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“Tell on.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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