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pick up the hint
To understand, comprehend, or take notice of an indirect suggestion, implication, or insinuation. Halfway through the lecture, I picked up the hint my students were planning some kind of practical joke at the end of class. When are you going to pick up the hint that Sally doesn't want to date you anymore?
take the hint
To understand, accept, or act upon a message or direction that has been insinuated or communicated indirectly. After an hour or so of being ignored, Jeremy finally took the hint and left the party. I think you need to take the hint and accept the fact that he has no interest in dating you.
A straightforward statement. I'm positive I'm getting the promotion—the boss gave me an Irish hint to that effect!
drop a hint
Fig. to give a tiny or careful hint about something. Mary dropped a hint that she wanted a new ring for her birthday.
hint at something
to refer to something; to insinuate something. What are you hinting at? I am not hinting at anything. I am telling you to do it!
hint for something
to give a hint that something is wanted. I could tell she was hinting for an invitation. Are you hinting for a second helping of fried chicken?
hint something to someone
to give a hint or clue to someone. I thought she was leaving. She hinted that to me. She wasn't hinting anything to you! You made it all up!
take a hint
to understand a hint and behave accordingly. I said I didn't want to see you anymore. Can't you take a hint? I don't like you. Sure I can take a hint, but I'd rather be told directly.
drop a hint
to suggest something indirectly to someone I was hoping to see her again, so I dropped a hint, saying I wasn't doing anything this weekend.
take a hintalso take the hint
to understand or do something that is communicated indirectly I can take a hint – if you don't want to talk about it, that's OK with me. “Weren't you going to check your messages?” she asked. I took the hint and left.
take a hint
Also, take the hint. Accept an indirect or covert suggestion, as in Evelyn took the hint and quietly left the room. This idiom was first recorded in 1711.