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considerable, decisive, effective, effectual, forceful, forcible, impressive, influential, marked, potent, powerful, significant, solid, striking, trenchant, weighty  
   easily ignored, inconsequential, indecisive, ineffectual, insignificant, light-weight, minor, negligible, slight, trivial, unimportant  
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  ( tellings    plural  )
1       n-var   The telling of a story or of something that has happened is the reporting of it to other people.  
Herbert sat quietly through the telling of this saga...     
2       adj   If something is telling, it shows the true nature of a person or situation.   (=revealing)  
How a man shaves may be a telling clue to his age.     
  tellingly      adv   ADV with cl, ADV with v  
Most tellingly, perhaps, chimpanzees do not draw as much information from the world around them as we do.     
3       adj   A telling argument or criticism is a very effective one.  
usu ADJ n  
The most telling condemnation of the system was that it failed to fulfil its function.     
4    You use there's no telling to introduce a statement when you want to say that it is impossible to know what will happen in a situation.  
there's no telling      phrase   usu PHR wh  
There's no telling how long the talks could drag on...     

telling-off        ( tellings-off    plural  ) , telling off   If you give someone a telling-off, you tell them that you are very angry with them about something they have done.  
INFORMAL      n-count   usu sing  
I got a severe telling off for not phoning him.     

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used to describe a person. i.e this is the qua am telling you about or he is a fantastic qua
telling someone to fight you."do sth !"
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