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clue stick

A metaphorical stick one uses to "beat" correct information into an ignorant, incompetent, or slow-learning person (i.e., to help them "get a clue"). I hate reading comments on online news articles—there are so many stupid people out there that I just want to get a big clue stick and knock some sense into them with it!
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clue-by-four

A metaphorical stick one uses to "beat" correct information into an ignorant, incompetent, or slow-learning person (i.e., to help them "get a clue"). A pun on the term "two-by-four," a piece of timber that measures 2 by 4 inches (5 by 10 cm) in height and width. I hate reading comments on online news articles—there are so many stupid people out there that I just want to get a big clue-by-four and knock some sense into them with it!

be clued in

To be familiar with or aware of the particulars of a situation, especially through inference, previous knowledge, or by being privy to inside information. Usually followed by "on," "to," or "about." By the end of the week, everyone was clued in on the reason for the professor's sudden absence from class. You need to be clued in to the way people behave in social situations!
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get clued in (to something)

To become familiar with or aware of the particulars of a situation, especially through inference, previous knowledge, or by being privy to inside information. I spent the first day on the job getting clued in to the way the company operates. If you don't know who really runs the show around here, you need to get clued in and fast!
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clue someone in (on something)

to inform someone of something. Please clue me in on what's been going on. Clue in those guys before it's too late.
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have a clue (about something)

Fig. to know anything about something; to have even a hint about someone or something. (Usually negative.) I don't have a clue about where to start looking for Jim. Why do you think I have a clue about Tom's disappearance?
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not a glimmer (of an idea)

 and not a clue
Fig. no idea. A: Where's the subway? B: Sorry. Not a glimmer of an idea. How long till we're there? Not a clue.
See also: glimmer, not

clue somebody in

also clue in somebody
to give someone information they need or want I asked David to clue us in on what needed to be done first. He hung the painting to clue in visitors that this was a different kind of place.
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not have a clue

also without a clue
to have no knowledge or information about something The guy doesn't have a clue what forestry is all about.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form have a clue: Before most doctors have a clue about what a new drug can do, it's being sold to the public.
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not have a clue

  (informal)
to have no knowledge of or no information about something 'How much do houses cost in Yorkshire?' 'I haven't got a clue.' (often + about ) Internet researchers in the 1980s didn't have a clue about the exciting online landscapes of the future.
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clue in

Also, clue up. Give someone guiding information, as in It's time someone clued us in on what's happening, or I hope they clue us up soon. This expression, which uses the verb clue in the sense of "inform," is sometimes put simply as clue (as in I'll clue you-this isn't going to work). [Colloquial; mid-1900s] Also see not have a clue.
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not have a clue

Have no idea or inkling about something, as in Jane doesn't have a clue as to why John won't call her, or Do you know what's wrong with the boiler?-No, I haven't a clue. This usage was first recorded in 1928.
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clue in

v.
To provide someone with important or exclusive information about something: I hoped my friend who worked for a senator would clue me in to what the government was planning to do. My friend clued me in on the local club scene.
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clue someone in

tv. to set someone straight (about something); to inform someone of the facts. What’s going on? Clue me in.
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References in classic literature ?
Since then every year upon the same date there has always appeared a similar box, containing a similar pearl, without any clue as to the sender.
Again she dipped in the drawer, seeking the clue among the cherished fragments of her mother's hidden soul.
Franklin, "that HE had put the clue into your hands?
That gentleman, miss," says the Sergeant--with his steely-grey eyes carefully studying my young lady's face--"has possibly put the clue into our hands.
All this seems strange to you," continued Holmes, "because you failed at the beginning of the inquiry to grasp the importance of the single real clue which was presented to you.
As long as this man has no idea that anyone can have a clue there is some chance of securing him; but if he had the slightest suspicion, he would change his name, and vanish in an instant among the four million inhabitants of this great city.
Her life with Stephen could have no sacredness; she must forever sink and wander vaguely, driven by uncertain impulse; for she had let go the clue of life,--that clue which once in the far-off years her young need had clutched so strongly.
Have you no clue, can you suggest no clue, to their recovery?
Enough numbers are placed in the grid as clues to enable the puzzler to solve it.
Clue one tells us that her backpack is red, yellow, or green, since those are the colors of apples.
Complete all five clues and post off your completed grid with your names and address attached to: The Mirror Premier Password Competition Game One, PO Box 40, Blackburn X, BB1 6AJ to arrive by first post Friday, August 8, 1997.
We are thrilled about the enormous popularity and global reach of The 39 Clues series," said Ellie Berger, President, Scholastic Trade.
It becomes our job to draw the clues in our notebook and ultimately help Blue's buddy Steve (played by Roger Kraus) figure out what Blue the puppy wants for a birthday present.
Yahtzee, and Clue are registered trademarks of Hasbro.
The 39 Clues online tournament for finalists in the United States, Australia, Canada, and Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, and India), took place between March 1, 2011, and March 3, 2011.