- 1A slight or indirect indication or suggestion: he has given no hint of his viewsMore example sentences
- Their hints at a possible agreement made reporters froth at the mouth and swat speculation back and forth between themselves.
- Xil thought she detected hypnotic hints in the piece.
- Suddenly the hints and puzzle pieces began to form a point and it hit me harder than falling ten stories off an apartment building.
- 1.1A small piece of practical information or advice: handy hints about what to buyMore example sentences
- The course organiser provides practical hints to help break the routine, fight the cravings and stay positive through the whole process.
- The trouble is that until this week the public have only received hints of the information underlying their leader's certainty.
- The authors give practical hints on how to stage a coup, and consider what might happen if the military decided to take over in Britain.
- 1.2A very small trace of something: Randy smiled with a hint of mockeryMore example sentences
- But we view our own political elites, fighting against them, with more than a hint of suspicion.
- Team-work touched with a hint of madness is what seems to appeal, which is why Rodrigues has settled in so well.
- On tasting you get a hint of ripe melon and then a rush of buttery tropical fruits bound with oak.
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- 1Suggest or indicate something indirectly or covertly: there were those who hinted at doctored evidence [with clause]: Edwards has hinted that he will dispose of his majority shareholdingMore example sentences
- So I wondered whether people were suggesting or hinting to me that I should step down.
- I told him how my mom was hinting for me to offer them a place to live.
- In adding this, Dr Hope is strongly hinting that he may yet change his mind - but he is also risking being accused of procrastination.
- 1.1 (hint at) (Of a thing) be a slight or possible indication of: the restrained fronts of the terraced houses only hinted at the wealth withinMore example sentences
- It also needs to keep London and Dublin in line with a flash of thigh that hints at possible future breakthroughs.
- This copy does more than hint at possible enjoyment, which is all that would be needed for a low-involvement decision.
- If so, they rarely show it, although a few jump cuts in the sequences with Amin hint at possible difficulties.
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 hintMore example sentences
- Cloud took the hint and latched his arms around both my legs when I jumped.
- Hilary kept at it, not taking the hint that Lavenna didn't want to talk about it.
- Meeting Faolan's eye, I yawn suggestively, and he takes the hint.
early 17th century (in the sense 'occasion, opportunity'): apparently from obsolete hent 'grasp, get hold of', from Old English hentan, of Germanic origin; related to hunt. The basic notion is 'something that may be taken advantage of'.