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
References in classic literature ?
If you think it right to communicate the contents of this letter to Miss Vanstone, pray tell her that it will not be my fault if her sister's assertion (however preposterous it may seem to my uncle's executors) is not fairly put to the proof.
But pray tell me, my brethren, if the goal of humanity be still lacking, is there not also still lacking--humanity itself?
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.
I don't understand you, Arthur (at least I hope I don't): pray tell me what I have done or said amiss.
Then, turning towards the sailor, "My friend," asked he with an emotion which, in spite of all his self-command, he could not conceal, "whose soldiers are these, pray tell me?
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.
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.
Good, generous, Mr Clennam, pray tell me you do not blame me.
And now, though I know you have already done it in your own kind hearts, pray tell me, both, that you forgive me
And what, pray tell, are the stereotypes of the poor?
When Pope wrote the famous couplet "I am his Highness' Dog at Kew, / Pray tell me Sir, whose Dog are You?
And why, pray tell, wasn't the Union Jack outside Buckingham Palace flying at half mast?
But what, pray tell, would the Founding Father think about Texas' tax on tampons?
Pray tell me: What is the difference between the "sit-in" by the Democrats in the House of Representatives and the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge?
Pray tell us Ms Wood John Rasmussen We are capable of holding any event in Wales