Tattle on, inform on, as in Marjorie said she'd tell on him if he pulled her hair again. This seemingly modern term appeared in a 1539 translation of the Bible (I Samuel 27:11): “David saved neither man nor woman ... for fear (said he) lest they should tell on us.”
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Just the hard-on before you shoot unarmed members of the public.'Babylon' Review: The Dumb Lives of Trigger-Happy Cops|Melissa Leon|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
As far as I can tell, this magazine spent as much time making fun of French politicians as it did of Muslims or Islam.
Police, their representatives and supporters tell us, ensure our freedom of speech through our ability to protest.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“Jeffrey wanted me to tell you that you looked so pretty,” the female voice said into my disbelieving ear.
Three on-the-record stories from a family: a mother and her daughters who came from Phoenix.
And to tell the truth, she couldn't help wishing he could see, so he could make the game livelier.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
Ages back—let musty geologists tell us how long ago—'twas a lake, larger than the Lake of Geneva.
Each day she resolved, "To-morrow I will tell Felipe;" and when to-morrow came, she put it off again.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
He wanted to tell her that if she called her father, it would mean the end of everything for them, but he withheld this.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
Monsieur,” growls the baron, “stone walls have ears, you say if only they had tongues; what tales these could tell!Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu