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English definition of “tell against sb/sth”

tell against sb/sth

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verb uk phrasal verb with tell   /tel/ (told, told) us  
to make someone or something more likely to fail: His reputation as a troublemaker told against him when he tried to change his job.Affecting and influencing
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