tell on sb Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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tell on sb

phrasal verb with tell uk   us   /tel/ verb (told, told)

tell on sb (INFORM)

informal to give ​information about someone, usually something ​bad that they have said or done, ​especially to a ​person in ​authority

tell on sb (AFFECT BADLY)

to have a ​badeffect on someone's ​health or ​behaviour: A ​succession of late ​nights had ​begun to ​tell on him and his ​work was ​suffering.
(Definition of tell on sb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “tell on sb”
in Chinese (Simplified) 告发, (尤指向当权者)告发(某人)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 告發, (尤指向當權者)告發(某人)…
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