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hint (something) to (someone)

To indirectly suggest or insinuate something to someone. If you've got a problem with me, please don't hint it to my boss—just talk to me. I tried hinting my interest in Joe to his best friend, but it doesn't seem to have done any good.
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hint something to someone

to give a hint or clue to someone. I thought she was leaving. She hinted that to me. She wasn't hinting anything to you! You made it all up!
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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He called kicking a footman downstairs a hint to the latter to leave his service.
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For each test state, there are two requirements for a hint to be available: 1) there must be a "matching" state in the MDP, and 2) the "matching" state must not be a leaf in the MDP.
This information is exchanged when a client receives a hint from another client, or uses a hint to contact another client.