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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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A spokesman for the Cardinal said: "The Cardinal and the Archbishop of Canterbury know each other far too well to take such tittle tattle seriously.
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Mr Prescott hit back, stating: "I am alarmed that you are happy to profit from tittle- tattle - the behaviour you at the PCC should be protecting the public from.
But if they throw us the tittle- tattle they hope to get away with mass murder behind our backs.
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