Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

tell me (all) about it

tell me about ittell me all about it
Meaning(s)
1) tell me about it, talk to me, discuss, give me an update, tell me how you feel
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    • sit down and tell me (all) about it
  • Analysis

    If you ask someone to 'tell you all about' something, it can be an offer to listen to their problems and allow them to express how they are feeling or to give you some information about something. This is a casual expression used in social and professional contexts.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I heard you visited Japan, I've always wanted to go. Tell me about it.
    2. Were you in the pub when John and Janet were arguing? Tell me about it.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. You looked stressed since you started the project. Let's sit down and you can tell me all about it. Maybe I can help.
    2. Maria, you implemented a new system in the accounts department. Tell me about it.
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2) (sarcastic) I already know, you don't have to tell me, I can identify
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    • "Yeah, I know. Tell me about it!"
  • Analysis
    The expression 'tell me all about it' is sometimes used to say that you understand what someone is talking about because you have experienced it yourself. 
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Maria: "I'm so stressed. I don't have my assignment done for tomorrow!" Paul: "Yeah, tell me about it! I couldn't even sleep last night!"
    2. "This coursework is so difficult! I don't think I'll get it all done!" "Tell me about it! I haven't finished the first paper yet!"
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Person A: "It's hard to get to grips with this new operating system." Person B: "I know, tell me about it! I've been trying for three hours now!"
    2. A: "I can't wait for this project to be finished. I haven't seen my family properly all week". B: "Tell me about it, my wife is ready to kill me!"
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