hint noun

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ADJ. broad, clear, heavy, strong He gave a broad hint that he was on the verge of leaving. | gentle, subtle, veiled | tantalizing

VERB + HINT drop, give (sb) I dropped a few subtle hints about the payment being due. | get, take OK, I get the hint! Can't you take a hint and leave me alone?

PREP. ~ about, ~ from a hint from my boss about my absences from the office | ~ to Is that a hint to me to leave?

2 small amount of sth

ADJ. strong a dish with a strong hint of garlic | faint, merest, slightest The slightest hint of gossip upset her.

PREP. ~ of There was a hint of amusement in his voice.

PHRASES at the first hint of sth At the first hint of trouble, I will call the police.

3 piece of advice

ADJ. handy, helpful, practical, useful

VERB + HINT give (sb)

PREP. ~ about The book gives some useful hints about how to plan your garden. | ~ on a book full of handy hints on painting and decorating