Sketch and Tell


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Sketch verb – To give a representation or account of in words.
Usage example: briefly sketched the intent of the reorganization plan

Tell and sketch are semantically related In some cases you can use "Tell" instead a verb "Sketch".
Nearby Words: sketchy, sketched, sketching
Synonyms for Sketch


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Tell verb – To give an oral or written account of in some detail.
Usage example: they told the story of how they had met

Sketch and tell are semantically related in relate topic. Sometimes you can use "Sketch" instead a verb "Tell".
Nearby Words: telling, teller
Synonyms for Tell

Common collocations

people sketch people tell people
someone sketch someone tell someone
everyone sketch everyone tell everyone

Both words in one sentence

  • A sketch in A Bit of Fry and Laurie has Stephen Fry try to tell a joke to his girlfriend, but keeps getting interrupted before he can tell the punchline.
  • Series / Mr. Show Metaphorgotten: In the Lifeboat sketch, one of the audience members from the Jerry Springer-esque show (who's lost at sea with them) tries to tell everyone how to handle their situation.
  • Facial Composite Failure It turns out that the witness had wanted to conceal the perp's identity, but needed to tell something to the police sketch artist, so just described Arnold Schwarzenegger instead.
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