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telltaleadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈtel.teɪl/  us   /ˈtel.teɪl/
allowing a ​secret to ​becomeknown: She ​foundlipstick on his ​shirts - the telltale sign that he was having an ​affair.

telltalenoun [C]

uk   /ˈtel.teɪl/  us   /ˈtel.teɪl/ UK (US tattletale) disapproving
a ​person, ​especially a ​child, who ​secretlytells someone in ​authority, ​especially a ​teacher, that someone ​else has done something ​bad, often in ​order to ​causetrouble
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 us   /ˈtelˌteɪl/
important because of ​showinginformation: These are some of the telltale ​signs of ​termites.
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