pray tell

pray tell

(set phrase) Please tell me (about something). Pray tell, will your lovely wife be accompanying you to the gala this evening? A: "Sir, we have received news of the king's response." B: "Pray tell!"
See also: pray, tell
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answered the waiting-woman; "but if I can't be of any service to you, pray tell me, madam--it will be some comfort to me to know--pray, dear ma'am, tell me what's the matter.
So pray tell him that the world contains more land than water, and when he has heard your judgment I will carry him back and dump him into his pool, where I hope he will be more modest in the future.
Pray tell him there may be a time when provoked mercy will no longer strive, and when God may refuse to hear, but that it is never too late for men to ask mercy; and we, that are Christ's servants, are commanded to preach mercy at all times, in the name of Jesus Christ, to all those that sincerely repent: so that it is never too late to repent.
I don't understand you, Arthur (at least I hope I don't): pray tell me what I have done or said amiss.
And now, though I know you have already done it in your own kind hearts, pray tell me, both, that you forgive me
Jennings about it myself, but pray tell her I am quite happy to hear she is not in anger against us, and Lady Middleton the same; and if anything should happen to take you and your sister away, and Mrs.
Then pray tell me where it is,' said Kit, 'for I have come on a pressing matter, and must fetch her out, even if she was in the pulpit.
But that's exactly what my editor in New York did recently when he sent me an e-mail (and what other missive, pray tell, could he have sent?
Why, pray tell, doesn't the Government's new Assistant Whip tell us all what he really thinks?
Pray tell, how is the government treating the Shia community with contempt?
Fiona, I'm usually a fan of your writing but, pray tell, what is "ill-conceived" about a union partner no longer wishing to be united to the partner that deceived us into believing there was no oil in our waters 40 years ago, then squandered the wealth behind our back on their own selfish projects?
10 have passed his letter to people who will "know the answer" (who, pray tell, will that be then if not the government?
Pray tell, when was the last time you actually talked to anyone about your prayer life?
WHO ARE YOU AND BY ATHENA'S BRAIN, PRAY TELL WHAT IS THAT CURIOUS APPARATUS?