there's no telling


It's impossible to determine, as in There's no telling how many children will come down with measles, or There's no telling what will happen in the next episode of that soap opera. This idiom uses telling in the sense of “reckoning,” a usage dating from the late 1300s.

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Mississippi’s nickname comes from the magnificent trees that grow there. What is it?
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