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be clued in
To be familiar with or aware of the particulars of a situation, especially through inference, previous knowledge, or by being privy to inside information. Usually followed by "on," "to," or "about." By the end of the week, everyone was clued in on the reason for the professor's sudden absence from class. You need to be clued in to the way people behave in social situations!
clue (one) in
To give one new information or to correct misinformation. Why is everyone mad at Bruce this morning? Clue me in. Someone needs to clue her in before she keeps spreading these lies.
A metaphorical stick one uses to "beat" correct information into an ignorant, incompetent, or slow-learning person (i.e., to help them "get a clue"). I hate reading comments on online news articles—there are so many stupid people out there that I just want to get a big clue stick and knock some sense into them with it!
A metaphorical stick one uses to "beat" correct information into an ignorant, incompetent, or slow-learning person (i.e., to help them "get a clue"). A pun on the term "two-by-four," a piece of timber that measures 2 by 4 inches (5 by 10 cm) in height and width. I hate reading comments on online news articles—there are so many stupid people out there that I just want to get a big clue-by-four and knock some sense into them with it!
get a clue
To understand or see the reality of a situation. Typically said as an imperative to indicate one's annoyance or frustration. Oh, get a clue—he's not into you! If he were, he would have asked you out by now. You guys need to get a clue—this place is going down the tubes.
get clued in (to something)
To become familiar with or aware of the particulars of a situation, especially through inference, previous knowledge, or by being privy to inside information. I spent the first day on the job getting clued in to the way the company operates. If you don't know who really runs the show around here, you need to get clued in and fast!
haven't a clue
1. To not have even a remote grasp or understanding (of something); to be hopelessly confused or ignorant (about something). You'd expect the average citizen to struggle to explain the workings of government, but now it seems like even most politicians haven't a clue! You haven't a clue how to talk to people, do you? When it comes to trigonometry, I just haven't a clue.
2. To be completely unaware (of something). A: "Do you think Paul suspects that we're having a surprise party for him? B: "No, he hasn't a clue!" A: "Were you aware that Sarah and Pauline were having money troubles?" B: "Oh my goodness, no—I hadn't a clue!"
not a clue
Not even the slightest notion about something. Do I know where your red shoes are? Not a clue—go ask your sister. A: "Did you understand what the teacher was talking about?" B: "Nope, not a clue."
not have a clue
1. To not have even a remote grasp or understanding of something; to be hopelessly confused or ignorant about something. You'd expect the average citizen to struggle to explain the workings of government, but now it seems like even most politicians don't have a clue! You don't have a clue about how to talk to people, do you? When it comes to trigonometry, I just don't have a clue.
2. To be completely unaware of something. A: "Do you think Paul suspects that we're having a surprise party for him? B: "No, he doesn't have a clue!"
What was your first clue?
A rhetorical question used to point out the obviousness of some conclusion. A: "I think something is wrong with the engine." B: "Oh really, what was your first clue? The smoke pouring out of it?"
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clue someone in (on something)
to inform someone of something. Please clue me in on what's been going on. Clue in those guys before it's too late.
have a clue (about something)
Fig. to know anything about something; to have even a hint about someone or something. (Usually negative.) I don't have a clue about where to start looking for Jim. Why do you think I have a clue about Tom's disappearance?
not a glimmer (of an idea)and not a clue
Fig. no idea. A: Where's the subway? B: Sorry. Not a glimmer of an idea. How long till we're there? Not a clue.
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Also, clue up. Give someone guiding information, as in It's time someone clued us in on what's happening, or I hope they clue us up soon. This expression, which uses the verb clue in the sense of "inform," is sometimes put simply as clue (as in I'll clue you-this isn't going to work). [Colloquial; mid-1900s] Also see not have a clue.
not have a clue
Have no idea or inkling about something, as in Jane doesn't have a clue as to why John won't call her, or Do you know what's wrong with the boiler?-No, I haven't a clue. This usage was first recorded in 1928.
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not have a clueINFORMAL
COMMON If you do not have a clue about something, you do not know anything about it or you have no idea what to do about it. When I met my wife she didn't have any clue about cricket. Nobody has a clue where he's gone. I don't have a clue what I'm supposed to be doing.
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not have a clueknow nothing about something or about how to do something. informal
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not have a ˈclue(informal)
1 know nothing about something or about how to do something: ‘Who’s that woman over there?’ ‘I’m afraid I don’t have a clue.’ ♢ I haven’t a clue how to get there.
2 (disapproving) be stupid; lack skill or ability: It’s a waste of time trying to teach him anything: he hasn’t got a clue. ▶ ˈclueless adj. (informal, disapproving) very stupid; not able to understand or to do something: He’s completely clueless about computers.
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To provide someone with important or exclusive information about something: I hoped my friend who worked for a senator would clue me in to what the government was planning to do. My friend clued me in on the local club scene.
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clue someone in
tv. to set someone straight (about something); to inform someone of the facts. What’s going on? Clue me in.
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