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Tale

(1 syl.). A tally; a reckoning. In Exod. v. we have tale of bricks. A measure by number, not by weight.

An old wife's tale.
Any maryellous legendary story. To tell tales out of school. To utter abroad affairs not meant for the public ear.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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