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Tale, 1) any thing told, a story, a narrative: Lucr. 1078. Lucr. 1078 Pilgr. 93. Tp. I, 2, 106. Tp. I, 2, 106 Wiv. IV, 4, 28. Wiv. IV, 4, 28 Meas. V, 370. Ado I, 1, 218 (like the old t. cf. Dyce's Glossary). II, 1, 135 (the Hundred Merry --s; a book lately reprinted). III, 3, 157. Mids. I, 1, 133. Merch. IV, 1, 276. As I, 2, 128. Shr. IV, 1, 65. Shr. IV, 1, 65 Wint. II, 1, 23. Wint. II, 1, 23 IV, 1, 14. V, 2, 30. V, 2, 30 John I, 98. III, 4, 108. IV, 2, 18. IV, 2, 18 R2 III, 4, 10. V, 1, 41. 44 (Ff fall). H4A II, 4, 281. V, 4, 158. H5 IV, 7, 45. H6A II, 5, 62. V, 5, 10. H6C II, 1, 120. Cor. I, 1, 93. Cor. I, 1, 93 Tit. II, 3, 105. III, 2, 27. III, 2, 27 IV, 1, 47. V, 3, 94. Mcb. V, 5, 26. Hml. I, 5, 15. II, 2, 468 (Qq talk). II, 2, 468 Lr. I, 4, 35. V, 3, 12. V, 3, 12 Oth. I, 3, 90. Oth. I, 3, 90 IV, 1, 85. Cymb. II, 2, 45. III, 3, 14. V, 5, 297. Per. I, 4, 2. “vows as light as --s,” Mids. III, 2. Mids. III, 2 “truths would be --s, where now half --s be truths,” Ant. II, 2, 136. cf. Pilgr. 93. to tell --s == to communicate things not much to the credit of a person: Tp. V, 129. Meas. IV, 3, 175. Tw. II, 1, 43. Lr. II, 4, 231. cf. Err. IV, 3, 89. Ado III, 2, 63. H4A III, 2, 23. Cymb. I, 6, 143. H8 V, 3, 110. Proverbial phrase: “thereby hangs a t.” Wiv. I, 4, 159. As II, 7, 28. Shr. IV, 1, 60. Oth. III, 1, 8.
2) any thing that is or has been said or spoken: “to a pretty ear she tunes her t.” Ven. 74. “she trembles at his t.” Ven. 74 “she wispers in his ears a heavy t.” Ven. 74 “when thou comest thy t. to tell,” Pilgr. 305 (to say that thou lovest her). “my amorous t.” Ado I, 1, 327. “they are both in a t.” IV, 2, 33 (both say the same). “thou canst not . . . devise a name so slight . . . as the pope. Tell him this t.” John III, 1, 152. “my death's sad t. may yet undeaf his ear,” R2 II, 1, 16 (what I say in death). “that his t. to me may be nothing but 'Anon',” H4A II, 4, 35. “I should have told your grace's t.” H6B III, 1, 44 (I should have said the same as you). “to end a t. of length,” Troil. I, 3, 136 (a long speech). Compl. 4. Tp. III, 2, 56. Tp. III, 2, 56 Gent. II, 3, 54. II, 4, 126. Wiv. I, 1, 79. I, 4, 85. Meas. V, 84. Ado III, 3, 109. Ado III, 3, 109 LLL II, 74. V, 2, 729. Mids. II, 1, 51. Merch. I, 2, 52. Shr. II, 71. IV, 2, 67. V, 2, 24. John III, 1, 5. John III, 1, 5 John III, 1, 5 IV, 2, 234. R2 III, 2, 121. V, 3, 37. H4A I, 3, 256. II, 3, 51. II, 4, 135. V, 2, 91. R3 III, 7, 31. IV, 4, 327. IV, 4, 327 IV, 4, 327 IV, 4, 327 V, 3, 194. Troil. I, 2, 91. Cor. V, 6, 58. Tit. III, 1, 40. Rom. I, 5, 25. II, 4, 99. II, 5, 34. V, 3, 230. Mcb. I, 3, 97 (as thick as t. came post with post; perhaps == as fast as words, as speech can utter it. M. Edd. “hail).” Oth. V, 1, 125. Ant. I, 2, 102.
Usually joined with the verb to tell, except in the following passages: “my tongue hath but a heavier t. to say,” R2 III, 2, 197 (rhyming). “I will a round unvarnished t. deliver,” Oth. I, 3, 90. “I could a t. unfold,” Hml. I, 5, 15. The case is another in the phrase “short t. to make,” H6C II, 1, 120. Hml. II, 2, 146.
Punning upon t. and “tail:” Gent. II, 3, 54. Rom. II, 4, 99.
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