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not have a clue
To know absolutely nothing (in general, or about something specific). My brother thinks he can maintain his social life after he has kids. He doesn't have a clue! You don't have a clue how that thing works, do you?
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 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.
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.
not have a clueknow nothing about something or about how to do something. informal
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.