- having force or effect; effective; striking: a telling blow.
- revealing; indicative of much otherwise unnoticed: a telling analysis of motivation in business.
Origin of telling
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1. powerful, forceful, potent, weighty.
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Examples from the Web for untelling
There was first Murray of Glenrath; why, it was untelling what land that man possessed.The Shepherd's Calendar
- having a marked effect or impacta telling blow
- revealinga telling smile
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