word to the wise

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word to the wise (is enough).

 and A word to the wise is sufficient.
Prov. You only have to hint something to wise people in order to get them to understand it.; Wise people do not need long explanations. (Often used to signal that you are hinting something.) John's a pleasant man, but I wouldn't trust him with money. A word to the wise, eh? Donna hinted about Lisa's drinking problem to Lisa's fiancé, hoping that a word to the wise would be enough.
See also: wise, word
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But a word to the wise - the current craze for welfare deductions from prize-money (raised in John McCririck's recent interview with Lord Lipsey) could backfire if owners discover it's just a gift to the RGT and gives them no guarantee of support when their dogs retire and need to be rehomed.
A word to the wise he should brace himself for Mackin asking him to take a pay cut.
Word to the wise, Cara - whatever you do, you can be sure Kate Moss has been there, done that and bought the designer t-shirt.
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AT THE BAR In chambers in 1966; WORD TO THE WISE Sir John attending literary event a few years ago
Perhaps a little word to the wise won't hurt - he is your brother after all.
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