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tell tales

to tell someone in authority about something bad that someone has done because you want to cause trouble for them (often + about ) She wasn't very popular at school - she was the sort of kid who was always telling tales about other kids. I had half a mind to tell my boss about him but I didn't want her to think I was telling tales.
See can't tell arse from elbow, live to tell the tale
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tell tales

Divulge secrets, as in Don't trust him; he's apt to tell tales. This expression was first recorded about 1350. A variant, tell tales out of school, first recorded in 1530, presumably alluded to schoolchildren gossiping but was soon broadened to revealing secret or private information. Both may be obsolescent.
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The show is all about bridges, and engages the children (and their families) with a simple story about magic bridges, metaphorical bridges, bridges that tell tales of hungry trolls and greedy goats and supports them to share, learn and play and along the way make new friends.
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Like his compatriot Hans Christian Andersen, August Bournonville was a master storyteller, using the language of mime and classical dance to tell tales of good triumphing over evil, and love, if not art, conquering all.
Not too many of us tell tales out of school, that surprised me," said Thorpe.