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A set phrase used to introduce a question, especially when trying to obtain personal information. Tell me, do you feel your relationship with your mother has influenced your relationships with other people?
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Also, tell me about it. I know, I agree with you, as in Since the layoffs I have been overloaded with work-Tell me! or We had a hard time finding the place.-Tell me about it! It took me all morning. Identical to a literal request to be told about something, this expression must be distinguished from it by the context and the speaker's tone. [Colloquial; second half of 1900s]
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ˈtell me(spoken) used to introduce a question: Tell me, have you had lunch yet?
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