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tell against somebody

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtell against somebody phrasal verb British English formalADVANTAGEto make someone less likely to succeed in achieving or winning something I badly wanted the job, but knew that my age would probably tell against me. tell→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
tell against He's 26 or 27 now and that final year of waiting to qualify could tell against him.My favourite is one tale Prost tells against himself.On the contrary they tell against it.There is a story told against Jimmy Davidson which, in fact, should be told against the game in Ireland.Turning to the evidence, he stressed those aspects of it which told against Meehan and in favour of Waddell.Obviously, if the alternative offer had involved a considerably or prohibitively higher price, that would tell against the seller.
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Verb table
tell
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theytell
he, she, ittells
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theytold
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave told
he, she, ithas told
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad told
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill tell
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have told
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam telling
he, she, itis telling
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you, we, theyare telling
Past
I, he, she, itwas telling
you, we, theywere telling
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been telling
he, she, ithas been telling
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been telling
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be telling
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been telling
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