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hint

hint / hint/ • n. a slight or indirect indication or suggestion: he has given no hint of his views. ∎  a small piece of practical information or advice: handy hints about what to buy. ∎  a very small trace of something: Randy smiled with a hint of mockery. • v. [intr.] suggest or indicate something indirectly or covertly: there were those who hinted at doctored evidence | Edwards has hinted that he will dispose of his majority shareholding. ∎  (hint at) (of a thing) be a slight or possible indication of: the restrained fronts of the terraced houses only hinted at the wealth within. PHRASES: drop a hint see drop. take a (or the) hint understand and act on a hint: she tried to put him off but he didn't take the hint.

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