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  1. "Tell-Tale" is a 2009 thriller film inspired by the Edgar Allan Poe short story "The Tell-Tale Heart". It is directed by Michael Cuesta and stars Josh Lucas, Lena Headey, and Brian Cox and is produced by Tony Scott and Ridley Scott. A man's recently transplanted heart leads him on a frantic search to find the donor's killer before a similar fate befalls him.
  2. "Tell-Tale" is a 2010 short film written by Sebastian Gutierrez and directed by Greg Williams.


"Tell-tale" a.k.a. "Tell Tale" is a composition.


  1. Tell-tale: A tell-tale is an indicator of the status or malfunction of a system within a motor vehicle. A tell-tale consists of a light bulb or an LED which lights up a symbol or text legend. The "idiot light" terminology arises from popular frustration with automakers' use of tell-tales for crucial functions which could previously be monitored by gauges, so a troublesome condition could be detected and corrected early. Such early detection of problems with, for example, engine temperature or oil pressure or charging system operation is not possible via a tell-tale, which usually illuminates only once a fault has already occurred – thus providing no advance warnings or details of the malfunction's extent. The Hudson automobile company was the first to use lights instead of gauges for oil pressure and the voltmeter, starting in the mid-1930s.
    • also known as Idiot light
  2. Tell-tale: A tell-tale or telltale is an indicator, signal, or sign that conveys the status of a situation, mechanism, or system.
  3. Tell-Tale is a 1997 theater production of a play by Edgar Allan Poe.
    • award: - Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Puppet Design nomination for Basil Twist

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Google previewA Key to Exercise in Orthography and Exercises in Composition. Second edition (1844)

by Henry HOPKINS (of Birmingham.)

A tell-tale is a despicable character.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Gothic Literature (2009)

by Mary Ellen Snodgrass

The Tell-Tale Heart” Edgar Allan Poe (1843) One of Edgar Allan POE's classic horror tales, “The Tell-Tale Heart” has been called a model of Gothic fiction. First printed in the January 1843 issue of the Boston Pioneer, it preceded “THE BLACK ...

Google previewHorror Literature through History: An Encyclopedia of the Stories that Speak to Our Deepest Fears [2 volumes] (2017)

by Matt Cardin

Edgar Allan Poe's “The Tell-Tale Heart”: The Blurring of Sanity and Insanity Poe's “The Tell-Tale Heart” (1843) reads on the one hand as a gruesome horror- supernatural story but on the other as a realistic, if terrifying, psychological fiction in ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language (1775)

Answering at Once the Purposes of Rhyming, Spelling, and Pronouncing. On a Plan Not Hitherto Attempted ... To which is Prefixed a Copious Introduction to the Various Uses of the Work ... and for the Purposes of Poetry is Added an Index of Allowable Rhymes by John Walker

A tell-tale, s. - A plane of stone; a puddle, s. To catch by surprize, v. a. At random, adv. To bite, v. a. A fish; a wild apple, s. A dirty wench; a thick woollen cloth, s. , To wound mortally or ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation (2016)

by David Crystal

sp telling" > fortune-telling tell-tale adj 'tel-te:l sp te|-tale" tell-tale / -s п 'tel-te:l / -z sp te|-tale“, tel-tale" / te|-tales", tel-tales" > tale tellus Lat п 'telos sp ...

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