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He can't squeal on him.

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From American Heritage Dictionary via Wordnik:

squeal Slang To turn informer; betray an accomplice or secret.

Here's some synonyms from The New Oxford American:

inform on, tell tales on; report, give away, be disloyal to, sell out, stab in the back; informal rat on, rat out, snitch on, put the finger on, finger, sell down the river.

You can find some good examples of it in use at Wordnik.

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It started off as criminal argot, but has worked its way into the general vocabulary to mean anyone who "tells" on someone for doing something "wrong". A sister can squeal on her broother, a student can squeal on another student, and so on.

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"Squealing on someone" is a colloquial expression meaning to inform the police of someone's illegal activities.

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Does it have to be illegal or can it be used for simpler examples, like for example, squealing to the parents about what your brother did? –  fifo May 1 '11 at 23:30
    
@fifo: You are correct –  RedGrittyBrick May 2 '11 at 17:11
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