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tale/ˈteɪl/noun
pluraltales
tale
/ˈteɪl/
noun
pluraltales
Learner's definition of TALE  
[count]
: a story about imaginary events : an exciting or dramatic story
— see also fairy tale, folktale
: a story about someone's actual experiences
   b  : an exciting story that may not be completely true
— see also tall tale
: a false story that is told to deceive someone

dead men tell no tales

— used to say that someone who has been killed cannot reveal secret information

thereby hangs a tale

— see 1hang
— see also old wives' tale
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