tell against

tell against

v.
To have an adverse impact on someone or something: Their lack of experience may tell against them during the job interview.
See also: tell
References in classic literature ?
cried Hawkeye, once more elevating the butt of the long and fatal rifle; "a finishing blow from a man without a cross will never tell against his honor, nor rob him of his right to the scalp.
Let the hurricane tear up its thousand huge fragments; yet what will that tell against the accumulated labour of myriads of architects at work night and day, month after month?
The rules of attack and of self-defence are alike unknown to him; he can neither give nor take; he is attracted by women, and stands in awe of them; his very good qualities tell against him, he is all generosity and modesty, and completely innocent of mercenary designs.
Begin it early, and do it well; and there is no antecedent to it, in any origin or station, that will tell against us with the Almighty, or with ourselves.
There are circumstances in connexion with it that tell against me.
There can be no doubt," I said, "that the facts, as you have stated them, appear to tell against us, but "
Such a fact must tell against the theory that the man who breaks them is influenced by any general hatred of Napoleon.
Gemma Davidson's bitch had really found her feet prior to the lay-off and can make local knowledge tell against a few of these while reversing September 874m form with Leger finalist Slippy Maska over this shorter trip.
The Toffees' missing link didn't cost them against Hadjuk, but it will tell against better opponents.
Aarons said: "You could tell against Spurs nobody was thinking about the summer.
Oldham nished last season as runners-up in the League One play-o nal and they made their quality tell against the inexperienced Bears playing only their second professional game.
The power shortages are in part a result of these problems and popular frustration will tell against the government unless it is seen to move effectively to improve the national infrastructure.
Back down in handicap company and on a track where he's put in a series of useful performances, Medermit is fancied to make his class tell against lower-weighted rivals.
Back down in handicap company and on a track where he's put in useful performances, Medermit is fancied to make his class tell against lower-weighted rivals.
But despite wearing skimpy trunks in Sexy Beast, Ray worries age may tell against him.