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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.
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I gave an appreciative smile which probably also had a hint of "get lost pal and get your own puzzle" in it but mein Herr wasn't taking the hint.
Finally taking the hint the great man, notoriously tight, picked it up, looked at it, and said: "That's outrageous.
She had to slap Callum because he just wasn't taking the hint.
It looks significant that Pat Flynn has booked Derek O'Connor to carry Sue Magnier's colours on Sword Of Honour and it may be worth taking the hint in a race in which Stormy Oscar sets the standard on the strength of a debut second behind Incas Article at Clonmel in June.
And the 19-year-old is certainly taking the hint with EIGHT goals in just four games.
FRENCH trainers have been farming British Group 1s restricted to fillies and mares in recent seasons so it could be worth taking the hint and focusing on the French pair of Sahpresa and Lily Of The Valley in today's Group 1 Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.