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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)…
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