One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Miguelito began to sing a traditional Spanish folk song’
chant, intone, croon, carol, chorus, warble, trill, pipe, quaver
informal belt out
2‘the birds were singing in the chestnut trees’
warble, trill, twitter, chirp, chirrup, cheep, peep
3‘he sang out a greeting’
call out, call, cry, cry out, shout, yell, trumpet, bellow, roar
informal holler, cooee
4‘maybe he's going to sing to the police’
inform, inform on someone, tell tales, tell tales on someone
squeal, rat on someone, blow the whistle on someone, peach, peach on someone, snitch, snitch on someone, put the finger on someone, sell someone down the river
British grass, grass on someone, shop someone
North American rat someone out, finger someone, fink on someone, drop a dime on someone, drop the dime on someone
Australian pimp on someone
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