Definition of tell-all in English:



  • Revealing private or salacious details.

    ‘a tell-all article in the tabloids’
    • ‘Before his tell-all article was done, Trent had put in a call to Joe, feeling that the man deserved to know.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, it emerged his former publicist is to publish a tell-all book detailing the singer's relationships with several young boys.’
    • ‘Now he is putting out word he's going to reveal sensational details in the tell-all book.’
    • ‘That's fine, but do we need to focus on all the sordid details in prime time interviews with the victims, tell-all books and movies like this?’
    • ‘When the weather gets hot and the beach beckons, we trade in our nutritious, fiber-filled reading for a diet of delicious junk: gruesome mysteries, trashy romance novels, tell-all autobiographies.’
    • ‘I would not write a tell-all book, but I may do a little writing about what I've seen here, particularly my interaction with the press, because I think it's a fascinating exchange that serves the democracy very well.’
    • ‘Since more people think I'm quite chatty here and seem open to talking about EVERYTHING, they expect that I am quite the tell-all girl, but believe you me, there's so much I don't feel okay writing about.’
    • ‘If career national security officials write tell-all accounts while the presidents they serve not only remain in office but are facing re-election, decision-making is bound to suffer.’
    • ‘According to one overseas tabloid report, his alleged paramour gave a tell-all interview to an unidentified American broadcast network.’
    • ‘Tonight, there's a report that several more jurors are saying they're going to turn their trial experience into a tell-all book.’
    • ‘And they may be doing that telling in a tell-all book.’
    • ‘A new tell-all book on the family is coming out.’
    • ‘But the tell-all book that has the nation's capital abuzz these days is another shocker.’
    • ‘Clark has written a tell-all book, from which, presumably, he will make some money.’
    • ‘The main accusation came from a dead man who left behind this tell-all videotape.’
    • ‘Why pretend to write a tell-all book about your life while you're still very much in the game?’
    • ‘He has done a tell-all interview and now we can be sure the truth will be known.’
    • ‘After all, we live in a therapeutic, tell-all culture, where we are all encouraged, even nagged, to reveal our most intimate secrets to as large an audience as possible - all in the name of health and openness.’
    • ‘The story basically writes itself: bad-boy aristocrat shakes things up on the eve of the French Revolution with his naughty tell-all books and iconoclastic philosophical treatises.’
    • ‘She attempted to sell a tell-all book about her life and her famous sister, whom she called a ‘vain and heartless multi-millionairess’’


  • A biography or memoir that reveals intimate details about its subject.

    • ‘As such tell-alls have made clear, she is a driven entrepreneur who can and will turn off the charm whenever she needs to.’
    • ‘When the tell-alls have been published and some of the machinations exposed, we will gain a more nuanced picture of Dean's rise and fall, but I suspect the arc will be roughly this.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, athlete testimony and insider tell-alls continue to surface, further battering cycling's troubled image.’
    • ‘We seem to want sexual privacy when it's convenient, but we also want the freedom to be publicly wanton, from blogs to reality shows to tabloid tell-alls.’
    • ‘Each character progresses from congenial intros to naked tell-alls, though some of them are more self-aware than seems plausible.’
    • ‘Granted, the ‘intellectual’ thing is, in a way, an animal of its own: witness the recent spate of tell-alls by women tortured by tortured geniuses.’
    • ‘For all his legitimate straining to be perceived as a bona fide artist, Jack makes his best work when he goes tabloid, turning his amorous travails into juicy tell-alls.’
    • ‘He promises meetings, press conferences, tell-alls and then melts into the night.’
    • ‘Well, It's not a tell-all, because I would end up in jail if I really told it all.’
    • ‘The butler is sharing household secrets in a soon-to-be-published tell-all, now being serialized in Punch, the English satirical fortnightly.’
    • ‘When the smoke cleared, she wrote a tell-all, went on national television to say how awful she felt for his wife and child, but hastened to add what a great kisser he was.’
    • ‘The book is 479 pages long and is flogged as a no-holds-barred tell-all.’
    • ‘In other words, the market is ripe for a juicy tennis tell-all.’
    • ‘If she truly held him in such high regard, the book would be an uplifting story and not a nasty little tell-all.’
    • ‘Five years later, the surgeon, writing under a pseudonym to protect himself from colleagues produced an insider tell-all.’