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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.
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Given that many of the capitoli allude to sexual acts between men, particular attention needs to be paid to historical and literary accounts of same sex encounters in Bronzino's day.
Several pieces in this exhibition directly allude to death--with images including cemeteries and the hands of a tailor making a shroud, and so on--but most do so indirectly, by giving considerable weight to the cycles of nature.
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.
The balls of thread allude to the terrestrial sphere yet, resting atop a small mattress placed on the floor, are a sign of protection and domesticity.
In the exhibition this spectacularization of Clark's late practice engendered its own antidote, the creation of a sanctimonious atmosphere that was wholly contrary to her intent (it has prompted several critics to allude to Beuys, whose cult she loathed).
Seen through this particular filter, the splayed and knotted puppets in Ringing the Bell Backwards, 1997, allude to the elusive, inaccessible nature of happiness - even of simple pleasure.
Tunga's pieces in this exhibit resemble archaeological remains, but also allude to a kind of archaic dimension of identity suggested by the contrast between a constantly mutating interior and the chaotic, purely voracious exterior from which it seems to want to separate itself.
Does Here dare allude to Barnett Newman's work of the same name, a sculptural idolization of the zip?
Keck's wooden people richly allude to the past, to popular culture, and to art history.
Maurizio Vetrugno's work seeks to visualize a place by using objects that allude to and mirror the real environment of the exhibition.
However, in spite of this manifest impenetrability, Solano plays at the strange paradox of placing on opaque structures elements that allude to the transparency, to the filtration of light.
The insistent glamour of these pieces posits the existence of an idealized (glamorous) body, a construct that allows Gotscho to allude to issues affecting actual bodies while avoiding any unpleasantness.