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allude to

1. To indirectly or vaguely refer to something. What exactly are you alluding to? Just come right out and say it!
2. To reference another source. Shakespeare alludes to the Bible in many of his works.

allude to someone or something

to refer to someone or something; to make an implication about someone or something. I did not mean to allude to someone you disliked so much. I alluded to the accident only once.
References in classic literature ?
They then conversed of the court, without alluding to Madame; of Monsieur, without speaking of domestic affairs; of the king, without speaking of his brother's wife; of the queen-mother, without alluding to her daughter-in-law; of the king of England, without alluding to his sister-in-law; of the state of the affections of either of the travelers, without pronouncing any name that might be dangerous.
I imagined at the time that he had some strong reason for not alluding to it, but he soon dispelled the idea by coming round to the subject of his own accord.
He also sings in English for an uncharacteristic amount of time, alluding to his desire for the song's important lessons to be understood.
Also alluding to Aoun, minister Fneish accused the general's opponents of shunning him out of a mere rejection of sound partnership and representation, as he said.
Summary: The Extra Factor host Konnie Huq may have accidentally ruined an ITV surprise after alluding to Jedward being 'in the jungle.
The negative implications here extend well beyond pointing to sluggish consumer spending, alluding to a sharp slowdown in business activity.
In 1992 he made a piece called Dayenu, alluding to the Passover prayer meaning "It would have been enough.
They roamed freely but did not really leave a territory of flat rectilinearity in their construction, which was often manifest as a stretched canvas or panel with prosthetic extensions, or in jerrybuilt contraptions alluding to shelves, cabinets, windows, or fragments of wall.
And times have changed: "I think the gay tourist should be circumspect while traveling in Egypt," Reeder cautions, alluding to the current routine persecution of openly gay men.
Scalia, alluding to a previous Supreme Court ruling that forced VMI to admit women, wrote, "VMI has previously seen another of its traditions abolished by this Court.
Though the building is essentially a beautifully conceived and executed facade, Kuma's use of wood has a specific and more profound resonance, alluding to Tokyo's past when the majority of buildings were made of timber.
Alluding to the spirit of Paris, the project also encompasses two other outdoor public areas and a marketplace area for local food merchants.
Ending with a statement alluding to the secrets of the third moon of the Three Kings, Chalker whets the appetite for the third book in the trilogy, Kaspar's Box.
He may also be alluding to the exchange of roles between opponents and respondents.