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clue / kloō/ • n. 1. a piece of evidence or information used in the detection of a crime or solving of a mystery. ∎  a fact or idea that serves as a guide or aid in a task or problem: archaeological evidence can give clues about the past. 2. a verbal formula giving an indication as to what is to be inserted in a particular space in a crossword or other puzzle. • v. (clues , clued , clue·ing ) [tr.] (clue someone in) inf. inform someone about a particular matter: Stella had clued her in about Peter. PHRASES: not have a clue inf. know nothing about something or about how to do something.

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clue

clue a piece of evidence or information used in the detection of a crime or the solving of a mystery; ultimately a variant of clew meaning ‘a ball of thread’, and in particular that used by Theseus to guide himself through the Labyrinth.

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clue later form (XV) of CLEW, now restricted mainly to the sense ‘fact, etc., leading (through a difficulty) to a solution or discovery’.

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