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telling

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtellingtell‧ing1 /ˈtelɪŋ/ adjective 🔊 🔊 1 EFFECT/INFLUENCEhaving a great or important effect syn significant 🔊 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 etctellingly adverb
Examples from the Corpus
tellingBarnes, moving wide to the left, at last got over a telling cross but Ferdinand completely missed the ball in front of goal.The most telling exchanges came between Sir Lewis and his long-time sparring partner, shareholder James Middlemass.The case will have a telling impact on the automotive industry.The tomb stands today as a telling memorial to the period.telling comment/example/detail etcWhat the hacks should have contemplated was the truly telling detail of Senna at race one in Phoenix.Is it not a telling comment on our times that to preach peace is to invite violence upon your person?He had a fine eye for the telling detail that captures a situation or a personality.
tellingtelling2 noun 🔊 🔊 1 [countable, uncountable] when you tell a story 🔊 The story gets better with each telling.2 there is no telling