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tell against sb/sth

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phrasal verb with tell uk   us   /tel/ verb (told, told)
to make someone or something more likely to fail: His reputation as a troublemaker told against him when he tried to change his job.
Translations of “tell against sb/sth”
in Chinese (Traditional) 對…不利…
in Chinese (Simplified) 对…不利…
(Definition of tell against sb/sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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