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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
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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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For that reason alone, we should put quibbling aside and let the music tell its own tale. With Burns generating a myriad of interviews, stills and film clips, and more than 500 pieces of music--albeit some being mere snippets--this boxed set is as entertaining as it is educational.
While it's all bells and whistles on the pitch, Cork are lurching towards an uncertain future and Monday's date in the High Court will tell its own tale.