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Tell tale signs

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on July 07, 2010 at 20:22

In Reply to: Tell tale signs posted by Jeanne Nelson on July 07, 2010 at 15:07:

: What is the origin of the phrase "tell tale signs?

The noun adjective "tell-tale", meaning [a thing] "that reveals or betrays something meant to be kept secret" dates from the late 16th century. Early uses speak of tell-tale documents, objects, faces, etc. (VSD)