- 1A piece of evidence or information used in the detection of a crime: police officers are still searching for cluesMore example sentences
- Detectives piecing together clues in the inquiry remain confident they will catch the attacker.
- I reviewed all my efforts to make sure I hadn't missed even the slightest clue or piece of evidence.
- So could the details of his business life provide a clue to the killing?
- 1.1A fact or idea that serves to reveal something or solve a problem: archaeological evidence can give clues about the pastMore example sentences
- The site does not publish contact details for the creators or reveal any other clues to the identity of the organisation.
- She stared at the little card looking for clues that would reveal the identity of the sender.
- A trawl of all her friends has revealed no clues as to where she has gone.
- 2A word or words giving an indication as to what is to be inserted in a particular space in a crossword: a long-pondered clue in a half-completed crosswordMore example sentences
- He ran the words through his mind, almost like a crossword clue.
- Cryptic clues in the crossword may be stand-alone or a combination of any of the following nine types.
- I still prefer the uncertainty and randomness of crossword clues.
verb (clues, clueing, clued)[with object] (clue someone in) • informal Back to top
- Inform someone about a particular matter: Stella had clued her in about PeterMore example sentences
inform, let know, notify, make aware, give information, prime; familiarize with, make familiar with, acquaint with; keep up to date, keep posted• informal tip off, give the gen, give the low-down on, give a rundown on/of, fill in on, gen up on, clue up, put in the picture, put wise, keep up to speed
- But the fact that she was with another man and quite plainly ignoring him should have clued him in a little.
- Perhaps someone should also clue her in that that if you're going to be dishonest you don't want to leave a paper trail behind.
- For that matter, only the changing seasons clue us in to our geography.
have a clue
- [usually with negative] • informal Know about something or about how to do something: I didn’t have a clue what was happeningMore example sentences
- But he admits he doesn't have a clue what terms like ‘world music’ and ‘global music’ mean.
- Our nice, but inexperienced, waiter explains to us that he is new and doesn't have a clue about the wine list, so we are left to peruse it whilst he fetches the aperitifs and the manageress.
- Poor thing, he doesn't have a clue what it's like for us mere mortals.