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tell you what

A phrase indicating that the speaker is going to present a suggestion or their opinion on something. I tell you what, this burger might be the best I've ever hard. Tell you what, why don't you go out for a run and I'll watch the kids for a while. I'll tell you what, that was some concert.
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I/I’ll ˌtell you ˈwhat

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ˌI know ˈwhat

(spoken) said before making a suggestion: I tell you what — let’s ask Fred to lend us his car.I know what! Why don’t you buy her a CD?
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In 1785, her play I'll Tell You What was performed at the Haymarket and considered a huge success in spite of some imperfections.
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It doesn't say much, so I'll tell you what happened.
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After launching an acting career, Inchbald began adapting plays and writing original farces and comedies, including I'll Tell You What (1785).
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