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- (transitive, intransitive, archaic) To tell someone about (one's troubles), and thus obtain relief.
- 1863, Sheridan Le Fanu, The House by the Churchyard:
- At first Puddock was reserved, but recollecting that he had been left quite free to tell whom he pleased, he made up his mind to unbosom; and suggested, for the sake of quiet and a longer conversation, that they should go round by the ferry.
- (reflexive, archaic) To free (oneself) of the burden of one's troubles by telling of them.
- (archaic) To confess a misdeed.
to tell about one's troubles
to confess a misdeed