a sixth sense

sixth sense

1. A supernatural ability to sense or perceive that which is hidden to the normal five senses (sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste). A rumor started that the little girl possessed a sixth sense, allowing her to hear the whispers of the dead.
2. An extremely keen or accurate intuition, as about what will happen or the best course of action. My mom always seems to have a sixth sense when we're about to get into trouble. Jim's always had a sixth sense when it comes to investing his money wisely.
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a sixth sense

If you have a sixth sense about something, you have a feeling about it that does not come from seeing, hearing, touching, tasting or smelling it. A sixth sense warned me that something didn't feel right.
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a sixth ˈsense

a special ability to know something without using any of the five senses that include sight, touch, etc: A kind of sixth sense told her that there was someone else in the room, and she turned round quickly.
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sixth sense, a

Intuitive knowledge. The term alludes to a sense in addition to those of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch, and dates from about 1800. “In Germany it has of late been attempted to be shown that every man is possessed of a sixth sense,” wrote J. M. Good (The Study of Medicine, 1829). Although today we also call it “extrasensory perception” (or ESP), the expression sixth sense is still heard.
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