tell (something) to (one)

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tell (something) to (one)

1. To express, narrate, or reveal something to one. He loves telling imaginative stories to his grandkids. I wish I didn't have to tell this to you, but I'm flunking out of college.
2. To explain something to one who is unlikely to be unsympathetic to or negatively impacted by what one believes. Used as a sarcastic, pithy retort. A: "I don't think they should have given you a ticket. The sign is really unclear about when you can and can't park there." B: "Yeah, tell that to the judge." A: "Everyone on the planet should give up meat." B: "Tell that to the farmers who have built their lives around raising livestock."
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tell something to someone

to say something to someone. Please tell the whole truth to me. Please tell your explanation to Mary.
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In fact, I was part of this masterpiece that was to tell something to this world.
Most of us have felt some relief in being able to tell something to a friendly and willing listener.
Fareed Jadoon, Director IB, said that he cannot say anything in the open court, however he is ready to tell something to the court in the in-camera session.
She said : "I find it quite hard to tell people how I feel so writing is a way to tell something to someone without having to say it.