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Verb tell on has 2 senses
- denounce, tell on, betray, give away, rat, grass, shit, shop, snitch, stag - give away information about somebody; "He told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam"
--1 is one way to inform
Somebody ----s somebody
- tell on - produce an affect or strain on somebody; "Each step told on his tired legs"
--2 is one way to affect, impact, bear upon, bear on, touch on, touch
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something