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  • interj. Please explain (something the requestor does not yet understand).
  • interj. Expressing incredulity, please explain (some claim or position the speaker doubts).


From pray ("ask (politely)") + tell ("explain") (Wiktionary)


  • "Then, pray tell me what it is that you can infer from this hat?"

    Sole Music

  • If you should happen to see Miss Goldsmid, pray tell her what a great service I think she has rendered to us soi-disant Christians in translating a book which must make us sensible of the little we have done, and the much we have to do, to justify our preference of the later to the earlier dispensation. '...

    Lady Byron Vindicated

  • I am now very well acquainted all over Halifax thanks to Captain Lumley's kindness; pray tell him so, for the family he introduced me to is very pleasant and kind, so that it is a great comfort to go on shore, and to be able to spend your evenings among friends instead of being obliged to go to a dirty tavern.

    Charles Philip Yorke, Fourth Earl of Hardwicke, Vice-Admiral R.N.


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