having force or effect; effective; striking: a telling blow.
revealing; indicative of much otherwise unnoticed: a telling analysis of motivation in business.
- tell·ing·ly, adverb
- un·tell·ing, adjective
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How to use telling in a sentence
My guess is that the lure here is not the sexy stuff but the transgression connected to the telling of the lie.
Overall, Wonder Media Network, which was founded in 2018, is a purpose-driven media brand that performs a balancing act between activism and non-partisan story-telling.Wonder Media Network CMO Shira Atkins on making (and selling) branded podcasts | Pierre Bienaimé | September 8, 2020 | Digiday
Torque, battery size, and support levels are much more telling.Do You Want to Buy an E-Cargo Bike? Read This First. | Joe Lindsey | August 30, 2020 | Outside Online
If any of these stats are not showing any sign of increasing, it’s a telling sign that the readers are not finding your content good enough.Content marketing fails: How to analyze and improve | Michael Doer | August 27, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
Moser’s telling of how it all went down suggests that one group of Republicans sabotaged another during a hotly contested Assembly race, and likely helped the Democrats flip what had been a traditionally red seat based in North County.Telemarketer Says Another GOP Campaign Was Behind Phil Graham Robocalls | Jesse Marx | July 10, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
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.
There is, fortunately, not too much telling of the future in Harry Potter.
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.
The "bad form" of telling a lie to the head-master is a later illustration of the same thing.Children's Ways | James Sully
But in the end his health gave way, and the Emperor himself wrote to Prince Eugne telling him to send the old warrior home.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
But, without telling me what she meant to do, mother took it all to the Casino—and—it followed the rest.Rosemary in Search of a Father | C. N. Williamson
When the father had finished, he stabbed his wife, telling her to repent of her sins and to confess to God who would pardon her.
Never had Punch secured the telling of that tale with so little opposition.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II | Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for telling
having a marked effect or impact: a telling blow
revealing: a telling smile
- tellingly, adverb
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