inform against (someone)

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inform against (someone)

To share or reveal compromising information about someone, usually to the authorities. If you inform against him to the cops, he'll definitely send some of his goons out after you. Yeah, I know about your shady deals, but I didn't inform against you, I swear!
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2 : to inform against : accuse <I denounced him as a traitor.>
'How all occasions do inform against me / And spur my dull revenge' he remarks.
In his musing over "how all occasions do inform against me" in 4.4, it wasn't entirely credible that Donovan could be checked by Fortinbras' ambitions.
Thus, Conrad argues, those who inform against the family cell, exposing its inner (dys)functions, offer the best hope for liberation and an invigorated public sphere.
The ubiquity of gin retailing proved to be beyond the limited capacities of public authority, so the government created incentives for the poor to inform against each other.
Jacobi, on tour in the provinces, had to give up the final 'How all occasions do inform against me', because people had to catch public transport home.
This is debated through an examination of two passages omitted in the Folio, the 'vicious mole' speech in 1.4, which is seen as 'advancing a concept of the way personality functions', and the soliloquy in IV.4 beginning 'How all occasions do inform against me', which fails to address the question 'Who am I?', moving instead to 'What is a man?'.
The `How all occasions do inform against me' soliloquy was filmed with Olivier on horseback, but the horse closed one eye and looked so hopelessly bored that the sequence was cut.
Here Newell looks briefly at Claudius's resolve to murder Hamlet (as stated in 'And, England, if my love thou hold'st at ought') before concentrating on the play's final soliloquy: 'How all occasions do inform against me'.
"It really points out some of the difficulties of trying to balance the need to inform against the need to protect."
'How all occasions do inform against me, And spur my dull revenge!' Manager McCarthy - not known for his eloquence - might have a penchant for wearing black but he is not yet taken to such deep philosophical pondering as Hamlet.
Soon after, Martin is offered a significant amount of money to inform against the IRA.
When British Special Branch handler Fergus (Ben Kingsley) offers him money to inform against the IRA, the father-to-be reluctantly accepts, believing his identity as a mole will never be exposed.
When the police catch up with him, Martin refuses to grass on members of his community and is eventually released When a British Special Branch handler called Fergus (Ben Kingsley) approaches Martin and offers him a significant amount of money to inform against the IRA, he reluctantly accepts, believing his identity as a mole will never be exposed.