"pray tell" meaning in English

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Interjection

Audio: En-au-pray tell.ogg
Etymology: From pray (“ask (politely)”) + tell (“explain”). Head templates: {{en-interj}} pray tell
  1. (archaic) Please explain (something the requester does not yet understand). Tags: archaic Synonyms: do tell (english: not often sarcastic)
    Sense id: en-pray_tell-en-intj-YkNfSwKg Categories (other): English entries with incorrect language header, English entries with language name categories using raw markup, English imperative sentences, English terms with non-redundant non-automated sortkeys Disambiguation of English entries with incorrect language header: 54 46 Disambiguation of English entries with language name categories using raw markup: 54 46 Disambiguation of English imperative sentences: 80 20 Disambiguation of English terms with non-redundant non-automated sortkeys: 54 46
  2. (idiomatic, usually sarcastic) Expressing incredulity, please explain (some claim or position the speaker doubts). Tags: idiomatic, sarcastic, usually
    Sense id: en-pray_tell-en-intj-LMnNh1vi Categories (other): English entries with incorrect language header, English entries with language name categories using raw markup, English terms with non-redundant non-automated sortkeys Disambiguation of English entries with incorrect language header: 54 46 Disambiguation of English entries with language name categories using raw markup: 54 46 Disambiguation of English terms with non-redundant non-automated sortkeys: 54 46

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          "text": "Pray tell us, how will they fare while you are away?",
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      "english": "not often sarcastic",
      "word": "do tell"
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