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past tense of tell, from Old English talde, past tense of tellan (see tell (v.)).
Added up, in summation, as in The ferry will hold 80 passengers all told, or All told, his proposal makes some good points. This idiom, first recorded in 1850, uses the verb tell in the sense of “count.”
see all told; I told you so; little bird told me. also see under tell.