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"I am not going to tell tales out of school," said Rosamund, laughing.

All the boys were fond of her, and was he, Ernest, to tell tales about her?

Marjorie frowned; she had no desire to tell tales about Ruth.

“I was thinking that those pieces will tell tales,” he said.

They must not tell tales of cowardice in the fair land of France.'

I've no wish to tell tales of anyone, as I've been trying to explain to your friends.

“Gone to tell tales, I suppose,” said Crow, as the door closed on the two.

I will not tell tales out of school; so you may set your mind at rest.

I can tell you everything, because you will neither misunderstand me nor tell tales of me.

If he was going to tell tales, he might have told flattering ones.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s (n.), 1590s (adj.), from tell + tale, in phrase to tell a tale "relate a false or exaggerated story" (late 13c.).

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