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noun [countable] tale pronunciation in British English /teɪl/
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    a spoken account of someone’s experiences, especially when they are made to seem more exciting or unpleasant than they really were
    tale of/about:

    He entertained us with tales of his adventures during the war.

    be full of tales about something:

    She was full of tales about the places she’d been to.

    a tale of woe (=a story about unpleasant things that have happened to you):

    Every teacher has their tale of woe to tell.



to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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