English version

telling

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtellingtell‧ing1 /ˈtelΙͺΕ‹/ adjective πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 EFFECT/INFLUENCEhaving a great or important effect syn significant πŸ”Š a telling argument2 SHOW/BE A SIGN OFshowing the true character or nature of someone or something, often without being intended syn revealingtelling comment/example/detail etc β€”tellingly adverb
Examples from the Corpus
tellingβ€’ Barnes, moving wide to the left, at last got over a telling cross but Ferdinand completely missed the ball in front of goal.β€’ The most telling exchanges came between Sir Lewis and his long-time sparring partner, shareholder James Middlemass.β€’ The case will have a telling impact on the automotive industry.β€’ The tomb stands today as a telling memorial to the period.telling comment/example/detail etcβ€’ What the hacks should have contemplated was the truly telling detail of Senna at race one in Phoenix.β€’ Is it not a telling comment on our times that to preach peace is to invite violence upon your person?β€’ He had a fine eye for the telling detail that captures a situation or a personality.
tellingtelling2 noun πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 [countable, uncountable] when you tell a story πŸ”Š The story gets better with each telling.2 β†’ there is no telling
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