tell against - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive] British
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.

See also main entry: tell