tell of (something)

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tell of (something)

To relate information about something (to someone). A noun or pronoun can be used between "tell" and "of" to specify whom the speaker is telling. The book tells of catastrophic events that befell the earth thousands of years ago. She has been telling us of her research into new treatments for degenerative neurological disorders.
See also: of, tell
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tell of someone or something

to speak of someone or something. The messenger told of great destruction, hunger, and disease in the northern part of the country. I want you to tell of Jane and how she is doing.
See also: of, tell
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"We could probably tell something of what they said, but not all-- for we are not as clever as you think us, Hannah.
VERY soon there will be no opportunity for Liverpool to display in a dock an historic ship that can tell something of the story of the maritime history of a World Heritage Mercantile City.