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tell

a large mound resulting from the accumulation of rubbish on a long-settled site, esp one with mudbrick buildings, particularly in the Middle East

Tell

William, German name Wilhelm Tell. a legendary Swiss patriot, who, traditionally, lived in the early 14th century and was compelled by an Austrian governor to shoot an apple from his son's head with one shot of his crossbow. He did so without mishap

Tell

 

a type of archaeological remain in Middle Asia, the Caucasus, and the Near East. A tell is a hill or mound composed of remains of ancient structures and filled with their cultural strata.

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I didn't meant to preach or tell tales or be silly.
Very good," said the hunchback; "and with pupils one may well tell tales out of school.
Tenders are invited for Procurmement of dual height tell tales and tripple horizon tell tales
It's starting to affect my confidence and while I don't want to tell tales, I can't put up with it for much longer.