What does "tell us what you really think" mean? It seems to be used when someone is telling us what they really think...
The phrase is often used ironically as a reaction to a strongly-expressed opinion.
A non-ironic use, to draw out a stronger opinion:
"So, what do you think of the website's new layout?"
"Oh, it's okay..."
"Come on, even I know there are a few mistakes in there; tell us what you really think."
An ironic use, as a reaction to a strong opinion:
"I hate him, I never want to see him again, and I hope he catches a terrible disease!"
"But tell us what you really think about him, Sally."
It might be used when it is apparent that speakers are not expressing their true feelings. Tell us what you really think is an encouragment to them be honest about them.
protected by tchrist♦ May 24 '16 at 14:22
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