Definition for telling (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), told, tell·ing.
verb (used without object), told, tell·ing.
- to separate from the whole and assign to a particular duty.
- Informal. to rebuke severely; scold: It was about time that someone told him off.
Origin of tell1
Examples from the Web for telling
Have a look at this telling research from Pew on blasphemy and apostasy laws around the world.
So she lies to the knight, telling him Madalena is sorry and wants him back.
French President François Hollande is telling the French people they should “not lump them together.”
Even before the shootings, New York policeman were telling the Mayor not to attend their funerals.
Either way, guests seeking a holiday getaway there can also enjoy a tingle of telling truth to power by posting their own reviews.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel|Michael Daly|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Don was telling some of his adventures, and no one but Celestia Ann in the kitchen noticed the ringing of the door-bell.Mildred at Home|Martha Finley
A simple story, too, and yet there are so many ways of telling it!Henrietta Temple|Benjamin Disraeli
The official evidently was telling Argo something of importance.Tarrano the Conqueror|Raymond King Cummings
"There's no telling what she's going to do," Mrs. Baxter went on, with a gentle sigh.The Walking Delegate|Leroy Scott
There 's a set of fellows at work, all over the world, telling the people about their rights.The Dodd Family Abroad, Vol. I.(of II)|Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for telling (1 of 4)
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British Dictionary definitions for telling (3 of 4)
verb tells, telling or told
Word Origin for tell
British Dictionary definitions for telling (4 of 4)
Word Origin for tell
Idioms and Phrases with telling
In addition to the idioms beginning with tell
- tell apart
- tell a thing or two
- tell it like it is
- tell it to the Marines
- tell me
- tell off
- tell on
- tell someone where to get off
- tell tales
- tell time
- do tell
- kiss and tell
- show and tell
- something tells me
- there's no telling
- thing or two, tell a
- time will tell
- which is which, tell
- you never can tell
- you're telling me
Also see undertold.