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Gossip. I know you think all that tittle-tattle is harmless, but one of these days a rumor is going to hurt someone.

tattle on (one)

Especially of children, to inform an authority figure of one's bad behavior. I can't believe you tattled on me like that to mom and dad—I'm never telling you anything ever again! I know you think you're trying to do the right thing, but you're going to have a hard time making friends if you tattle on your classmates for every little thing they do wrong.
See also: on, tattle

going to tell

Ready to inform an authority figure of one's bad behavior. Aw man, she's going to tell Mom what we did.
See also: going, tell

going to tattle

Ready to inform an authority figure of one's bad behavior. Aw man, if she saw us, she's definitely going to tattle.
See also: going, tattle

going to tell

 and going to tattle
a threat that one is going to report someone's misdeed to someone in authority. If you do that again, I'm going to tell! Sue just went to the teacher. She's going to tattle.
See also: going, tell

tattle (on someone) (to someone)

to tell on someone to someone. Are you going to tattle on me to my mother? Please don't tattle on me.

tattle on

To inform that someone has misbehaved: My brother tattled on me for spilling the glue.
See also: on, tattle
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How the teacher responds to tattling will determine what the child will do in the future when she needs help.
If we view tattling from the child's perspective, we are less likely to brush it off as "snitching" or "gossiping.
More positive ways of responding to tattling will empower children and give them some healthy options for solving their own problems in the future.
A proactive approach to making connections through tattling is to set aside time to address it later.
Children are watching our responses to tattling, and they are learning from our actions.
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A If you go to your boss on this matter, your behavior may be regarded as tattling, shrinking responsibility, and undercutting a colleague.
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Insiders from the Governor's Office lost no time in tattling about Bustamante's extravagance.
We were stopped by a couple of fifth-grade girls breathlessly tattling on a boy who was talking in the library.