tell on sb Definition in Cambridge British English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of "tell on sb" - British English Dictionary

See all translations

tell on sb

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

(INFORM)

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

(AFFECT BADLY)

to have a bad effect on someone's health or behaviour: A succession of late nights had begun to tell on him and his work was suffering.
Translations of “tell on sb”
in Chinese (Traditional) 告發, (尤指向當權者)告發(某人)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 告发, (尤指向当权者)告发(某人)…
(Definition of tell on sb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of tell on sb?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day
stretch the truth

to say something that is not completely honest in order to make someone or something seem better than it really is

Word of the Day

July 4th, Bastille Day, and the language of revolution.
July 4th, Bastille Day, and the language of revolution.
by Liz Walter,
July 01, 2015
With America’s Independence Day on the 4th and France’s Bastille Day on the 14th, July certainly has a revolutionary theme, so this blog looks at words and phrases we use to talk about the dramatic and nation-changing events that these days celebrate. In particular, it focuses on one of the most important

Read More 

generation pause noun
generation pause noun
July 06, 2015
informal young adults who are not able to do things previously typical for their age group such as buy a home or start a family because of lack of money Meanwhile, a new study released last week revealed a quarter of Brits believe they’ll never own a property, leading them to be

Read More