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English verb: tell on

1. tell on (communication) give away information about somebody

SamplesHe told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam.

Synonymsbetray, denounce, give away, grass, rat, shit, shop, snitch, stag

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)inform

Narrower (hyponym)sell out

2. tell on (change) produce an effect or strain on somebody

SamplesEach step told on his tired legs.

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)affect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch, touch on

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