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allude to

1. To indirectly or vaguely refer to something. What exactly are you alluding to? Just come right out and say it!
2. To reference another source. Shakespeare alludes to the Bible in many of his works.

allude to someone or something

to refer to someone or something; to make an implication about someone or something. I did not mean to allude to someone you disliked so much. I alluded to the accident only once.

allude to somebody/something

(slightly formal)
to refer to someone or something briefly or indirectly In his letter, Dick alluded to problems the company was facing, but he never suggested they were going out of business.
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Yet the question to ask is this: What does the identification of a face--even one that alludes, for those in the know, to the private life of two extremely secretive artists--fundamentally add to our understanding of the work?
In jazz poetry, scat phrasing acts as a kind of verbal release that alludes to the instrumental quality of the human voice.
The three adopt unusual, sometimes awkward geometries, to package their overall volumes, none of which is directly iconic of a single meaning but all of which allude to nature.
Gallo also alludes in other works to the pathetic but somehow moving nature of vernacular signs, taking small hobby-store wooden panels of a cute deer or a skunk, tacking on a bit of canvas, and painting the whole thing pink.
Thompson tentatively suggests that Erasmus may have wished to allude to the Italian poet Cirolamo Balbi, who lived in Paris before Erasmus' residence there (CWE, 39: 30, n.
Although it did allude to paying $400 for a top-of-the-line paddle, which makes one wonder what a canoe or kayak will set you back.
The images allude to spaces related to his childhood: the natural landscapes where he grew up, his high school, and so on; always there is an autobiographical element.
Numerous documents allude to the kind of activities that united Bronzino to this learned cultural community.
Materials and colours allude to the earth: copper red, terracotta and natural slate are set against more lightweight stainless steel and glass.
The gray stone walls allude to the sacrificial pre-Hispanic god Chavin de Huantar, known for his cruelty.
To give only one example, Sams relies extensively at various points on satirical writings by Thomas Nashe and Robert Greene, which allude to - or seem to allude to - William Shakespeare.
Teetering in a barren landscape, all nose and seemingly aged, it bespeaks both an enduring inquisitiveness and an exhausted condition that may allude to the conditions of making art in the East.
Many of Wall's photos allude to well-known paintings, not as showy in-jokes but as touchstones of tradition.
The work seems to allude obliquely to AIDS, but it is also an intriguing re-rendering of the abstract sublime, a romantic vision of space inseparable from that of modernist painting.
Materials are carefully chosen for both their elegance and durability: recycled timber, canvas awnings, polished concrete floors and crisply articulated steel frames allude to the functional expressiveness of traditional boat sheds, here reinterpreted in an intelligent yet festive contemporary synthesis.