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the foggiest inkling

A basic, vague, or rudimentary knowledge or understanding (about something). Often used in negative constructions. A: "Do you know where the car keys are?" B: "I haven't the foggiest inkling. Sorry." Do you have the foggiest inkling how much this mistake is going to cost the company? Even though I could speak a little Japanese, I didn't have the foggiest inkling what the woman was talking about.
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*inkling (of something)

a hint about something that is to happen. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) The speeches gave us an inkling of what we could expect from the new president.

*inkling (of something)

a hint about something that is to happen. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) The speeches gave us an inkling of what we could expect from the new president.
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Lewis's "Great War" with Owen Barfield and its Significance for Lewis's Conversion and Writings provides a more accessible treatment of the material than is found in the Inklings Studies Supplement.
The Inklings shared the conviction that modern literature from the Victorians up to their present constituted a decisive break with the past, both in its hostility toward Christianity and in its rejection of meaning altogether.
Each of the book's eight chapters maintains a balance between recording how the Inklings collaborated and explaining to the audience the advantages of creating in a group.
The significance of Lewis' conversion was not limited to his own writing and his influence as a speaker; rather, he and Tolkien established a literary circle that helped to influence an entire generation of English writers and defenders of the Christian verity: a group of writers remembered as the Inklings.
The Inklings are gremlins, who live in paint pots at the back of Miss Marker's classroom.
Inklings reveals many of the turbulent details of Koterba's life, starting with his childhood in Omaha, living in a veritable junkyard of spare parts and television sets with his temperamental former-musician father, peacekeeping mother, and younger brother who followed his every move--even if it involved scribbling in green crayon all over Koterba's early drawings in an attempt to mimic his older brother.
One of the major positions contradicted in this book is that of Humphrey Carpenter, who stated of the Inklings, "It must be remembered that the word 'influence" so beloved of literary investigators, makes little sense when talking about their association with each other" (The Inklings, 160, qtd.
SOMETIMES you wonder if we really have an Inkling of the history that surrounds us.
Bestirred myself and went down to the river of inklings,
Lewis and other members of the Inklings. Thus he unfolds the man behind the myth.
The recent SPO '92 conference on specialty polyolefins in Houston aired additional details on performance benefits and also the first inklings of some unusual aspects of these resins' processing behavior.
His highly regarded short stories are collected in such volumes as The Zulu and the Zeide (1959) and Inklings (1973).
Tolkien as Writers in Community, Diana Pavlac Glyer has released another noteworthy book about the Inklings and their influence on each other.
Tolkien make at least a token mention of the fact that the two authors were both members of the Inklings. The Inklings met for many years to discuss the members' writings, among other things, and included many prominent writers of the time.
Take, for instance, the chapter on "The Inklings," the group of literary friends who gathered weekly at Lewis's rooms at Magdalen College to critique each other's writings and discuss life and the issues of the day.