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Definition of telling:

  1. of Tell
  2. Operating with great effect; effective; as, a telling speech.


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Usage examples:

  • " There's no telling," said Mrs. Bunker.

    - "Six Little Bunkers at Grandpa Ford's", Laura Lee Hope.
  • Thank you for telling me that.

    - "Mary Rose of Mifflin", Frances R. Sterrett.
  • Telling you what's what.

    - "The Plow-Woman", Eleanor Gates.