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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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take a/the ˈhint

understand what somebody wants you to do, even though they tell you in an indirect way: She yawned and said, ‘Goodness, it’s late.’ ‘OK,’ said Pete, ‘I can take a hint. I’ll go now.’Sarah hoped he’d take the hint and leave her alone.
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Ladbrokes' punters took the hint and backed the five-year-old to 8-1 (from 12-1) for next Wednesday's race.
So the midfielder took the hint and hit a goal Rangers star Prso would have been proud of to give Sons their third win on the trot.
But I kept prattling on in a stupid, jocular way, and she took the hint, and we stayed good friends.
Punters take Knight hint Tetlami's win provided an obvious pointer to the chance of Knight Pass in the concluding 2m5f hurdle, and punters took the hint, for the Warren Greatrextrained five-year-old, who was third in the Sandown race, was a well-backed 7-2 favourite to beat 16 rivals on his handicap debut.
In 1999, Nissan GB took the hint and brought in the GT-R R34 version which, sadly, was only made for a couple of years.
WITH The Queen in attendance, punters took the hint and piled into her SEA CAPTAIN in the last race at Sandown yesterday.
Moore on the mark A personal appearance by Arthur Moore at Downpatrick is always noteworthy, and those who took the hint were rewarded when the well-backed Claragh Native strolled away with the 2m2f handicap hurdle.
We sometimes have them over for dinner, and I have brought up the topic in a jokey way but I don't think they really took the hint.
Punters took the hint that there is more to come and Stance is Totesport's 5-1 favourite for Saturday's Imperial Cup at Sandown.
Remarkably the first four to finish in the big race were all sired by top stallion Sadler's Wells and punters who took the hint were rewarded with a 25-1 payout from Capitano Corelli in the mile and a half handicap.
Punters took the hint and the 4-5 favourite quickened up well after runner-up Overwhelm had run the rest ragged.
Seamus Heffernan was yesterday declared aboard 'Gorgeous George' - as punters took the hint and got stuck into Admiralofthefleet - Coral cut him to 14-1
DARRYL HOLLAND was the top jockey riding at Chester yesterday and punters who took the hint were rewarded with a 33-1 treble by way of Cereus, Faithful Warrior and Peter Brueghel.
He let out a very loud nervous laugh - and his personal bouncers took the hint.
Referee Roy Francis took the hint and stopped the contest.