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    Incriminate

    The girl incriminated her younger brother by saying he had eaten the pizza.

    Are there any words or expressions which are the same as "incriminate", but with a less serious connotation?

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    Re: Incriminate

    She dropped her brother in it.
    She dobbed him in.

    Those two might be specific to BrE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Incriminate

    NOT A TEACHER
    How about:
    The girl blamed her younger brother for having eaten the pizza.
    The girl accused her younger brother of having eaten the pizza.

    Are they acceptable?
    Please notify me of any mistakes in my posts. It is much appreciated.

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    #4

    Re: Incriminate

    I am not a teacher.

    She grassed him up.

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    #5

    Re: Incriminate

    She ratted him out.
    She squealed on him.
    She told on him.

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    Re: Incriminate

    "Tattled on" would work, as would "gave up". Most of the expressions offered by my BrE colleagues are completely foreign to me.

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    Re: Incriminate

    There's a good Scots word for it, which is both a verb and a noun: "clipe"
    To "clipe" on someone is to "tell on" them, or incriminate them - normally to a teacher in a school context. Anyone who does that is then labelled a "Clipe" - and must bear the resulting disapprobation of their schoolfellows. I believe it is derived from the old English word "clepe": to call or name. You see it used in Chaucer's works, where various characters are "ycleped" by their names.

    Come to that, I suppose "tell on" (see above) is also a synonym for "incriminate".
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: Incriminate

    Quote Originally Posted by khanhhung2512 View Post
    NOT A TEACHER
    How about:
    The girl blamed her younger brother for having eaten the pizza.
    The girl accused her younger brother of having eaten the pizza.

    Are they acceptable?
    Yes, they are.

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    #9

    Re: Incriminate

    'She informed on her brother about his eating the pizza.'

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: Incriminate

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'She informed on her brother about his eating the pizza.'
    NOT A TEACHER
    I don't think so.
    + inform on somebody: to give information to the police or somebody in authority about the illegal activities of somebody
    He informed on his own brother.
    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...on?q=inform+on
    Am I wrong?
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