Sing and Tell


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Sing verb – To give information (as to the authorities) about another's improper or unlawful activities.
Usage example: once he saw the kind of jail time he was facing, the suspect was singing loud and clear to the police

Tell and sing are semantically related. In some cases you can use "Tell" instead a verb "Sing".
Nearby Words: singing, singer, singe, singed, singable
Synonyms for Sing


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Tell verb – To give an oral or written account of in some detail.
Sing and tell are semantically related. Sometimes you can use "Sing" instead a verb "Tell".
Nearby Words: telling, teller
Synonyms for Tell

Common collocations

truth sing truth tell truth
time sing time tell time
way sing way tell way
nothing sing nothing tell nothing
Other nouns: version, times.

Both words in one sentence

  • Light Novel / Full Metal Panic! Believe or not he's even more so in the later novels suggesting they sing or tell jokes in the heat of battle to calm themselves down...all in that cold robotic voice.
  • Though unlike others Echo doesn't learn she can't sing by the end, even attacking Brendan for admitting she can't sing seconds after telling him he could tell her honestly.
  • Musical Exposition The baseball fans tell viewers about the team that can't catch a break, while the wives sing of their loneliness while their husbands pour all their affection into caring about baseball.
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