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spell sth out

verb uk phrasal verb with spell   /spel/ us  
to explain something in a very clear way with details: The government has so far refused to spell out its plans/policies. informal What do you mean you don't understand - do I have to spell it out for you?
Translations of “spell sth out”
in Chinese (Traditional) 解釋清楚, 詳細地說明…
in Russian разъяснять что-либо…
in Turkish ayrıntıyla açıklamak, açıkça anlatmak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 解释清楚, 详细地说明…
in Polish wyjaśniać coś…
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