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phrasal verb [transitive] British
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present tense
I/you/we/theytell against
he/she/ittells against
present participletelling against
past tensetold against
past participletold against
  1. tell against someone if a quality or feature tells against someone, it makes them less likely to succeed in achieving something
    I’m sure it was my age that told against me.
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