give someone a hint

give someone a hint
to give someone a small piece of information that helps them to guess something

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  • give someone a hint — phrase to give someone a small piece of information that helps them to guess something Thesaurus: being careful about what you saysynonym Main entry: hint …   Useful english dictionary

  • hint — hint1 [ hınt ] noun ** 1. ) count something that you say to show what you are thinking or feeling, without saying it directly: hint that: He seemed so relaxed and gave no hint that anything was wrong. take a/the hint (=understand what someone… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hint — I UK [hɪnt] / US noun Word forms hint : singular hint plural hints ** 1) [countable] something that you say to show what you are thinking or feeling, without saying it directly hint that: Was this a hint that he d had enough of her company for… …   English dictionary

  • hint — hint1 [hınt] n [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: Probably from hent act of seizing (16 17 centuries), from Old English hentan to seize ] 1.) something that you say or do to suggest something to someone, without telling them directly ▪ There have been… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hint — 1 noun (C) 1 something that you say or do in order to tell someone something in an indirect way, so that they can guess what you mean: drop a hint (that) (=give a hint): Harry was dropping hints that he wanted to be invited to the party. | a… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • hint — hinter, n. /hint/, n. 1. an indirect, covert, or helpful suggestion; clue: Give me a hint as to his identity. 2. a very slight or hardly noticeable amount; soupçon: a hint of garlic in the salad dressing. 3. perceived indication or suggestion;… …   Universalium

  • hint*/ — [hɪnt] noun I 1) [C] something that you say in order to show what you are thinking or feeling, without saying it directly She hoped he would take the hint and leave her alone.[/ex] Sam keeps dropping hints about what he wants for his… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • give — give1 W1S1 [gıv] v past tense gave [geıv] past participle given [ˈgıvən] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(present or money)¦ 2¦(put something in somebody s hand)¦ 3¦(let somebody do something)¦ 4¦(tell somebody something)¦ 5¦(make a movement/do an action)¦… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hint — [[t]hɪnt[/t]] n. 1) an indirect, covert, or helpful suggestion; clue 2) a very slight or hardly noticeable amount: a hint of garlic in the salad dressing[/ex] 3) a perceived indication; intimation: a hint of spring in the air[/ex] 4) Obs. an… …   From formal English to slang

  • tip someone the wink — To convey a secret hint • • • Main Entry: ↑tip tip someone the wink (informal) To give someone a useful hint • • • Main Entry: ↑wink * * * tip someone the wink british informal phrase …   Useful english dictionary

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