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drop a hint

To allude to something in a subtle way; to give an indication of something without entirely saying it. Phil can be a little dense, so just tell him what you want for your birthday—you'll never get it if you only drop a hint.
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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 at (something)

To indirectly suggest or insinuate something. And what exactly are you hinting at? If you have something to say, just say it! I tried hinting at my interest in Joe, but he's just not picking up any of my signals.
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hint for (something)

To indirectly suggest or insinuate one's desire for or interest in something. You can hint for extra credit all you want, but you're not getting it. Are you hinting for some help?
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Irish hint

A straightforward statement. I'm positive I'm getting the promotion—the boss gave me an Irish hint to that effect!
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pick up the hint

To understand, comprehend, or take notice of an indirect suggestion, implication, or insinuation. Halfway through the lecture, I picked up the hint my students were planning some kind of practical joke at the end of class. When are you going to pick up the hint that Sally doesn't want to date you anymore?
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take a hint

To understand, accept, or act upon a message or direction that has been insinuated or communicated indirectly. Don't worry, I can take a hint. I won't try to hang out with you anymore. I think you need to take a hint and accept the fact that he has no interest in dating you.
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take the hint

To understand, accept, or act upon a message or direction that has been insinuated or communicated indirectly. After an hour or so of being ignored, Jeremy finally took the hint and left the party. I think you need to take the hint and accept the fact that he has no interest in dating you.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

drop a hint

Fig. to give a tiny or careful hint about something. Mary dropped a hint that she wanted a new ring for her birthday.
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hint at something

to refer to something; to insinuate something. What are you hinting at? I am not hinting at anything. I am telling you to do it!
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hint for something

to give a hint that something is wanted. I could tell she was hinting for an invitation. Are you hinting for a second helping of fried chicken?
See also: for, hint

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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take a hint

to understand a hint and behave accordingly. I said I didn't want to see you anymore. Can't you take a hint? I don't like you. Sure I can take a hint, but I'd rather be told directly.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

take a hint

Also, take the hint. Accept an indirect or covert suggestion, as in Evelyn took the hint and quietly left the room. This idiom was first recorded in 1711.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

drop a hint (or drop hints)

let fall a hint or hints, as if casually or unconsciously.
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drop a ˈhint (to somebody)


drop somebody a ˈhint

suggest something in an indirect way: He tried to drop a hint about it being time to leave, but they didn’t seem to take any notice.She’s dropped me a few hints about what she’d like for her birthday.
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take a/the ˈhint

understand what somebody wants you to do, even though they tell you in an indirect way: She yawned and said, ‘Goodness, it’s late.’ ‘OK,’ said Pete, ‘I can take a hint. I’ll go now.’Sarah hoped he’d take the hint and leave her alone.
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Hinter dieser Neuorganisation des Zusammenlebens verschiedener Gemeinschaften auf 'begrenztem' Raum konnte ein wesentlicher kulturevolutionistischer Entwicklungsschritt gesehen werden, sozusagen weg von der rein agrarischen Streusiedlung hin zu Siedlungsformen mit komplexer zusammengesetzter, gemeinschaftlicher und ortsgebundener Lebens- und Wirtschaftsweise.
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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Troops belonging to the Eighth Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (8th IB) defused and seized an improvised explosive device (IED), along a foot trail in the hinter barangay of White Kulaman, Kitaotao, Bukidnon, earlier, a belated report reaching Cagayan de Oro.
Die vielen Giesserfunde (Gussformen, Halbfertigprodukte und Geratezubehor) und verschiedenen Werkplatzkontexte der Asva-Gruppe haben einen enormen Quellenwert fur die Erforschung der technischen Prozesse und Ablaufe hinter der Verarbeitung, der Beschaffung und der Distribution von Bronze.
Hinter dem Untertitel "Judische Fluchtlinge" verbergen sich zum uberwiegenden Teil assimilierte Juden aus Deutschland und Osterreich (geboren in Landern der Osterreich-Ungarischen Habsburgmonarchie), die zum grossen Teil in Wien und Berlin studierten und dann in verschiedenen Professionen tatig wurden.
Das auserwahlte Spezialgebiet schloss Feldforschungen ein, die ihn zwangslaufig hinter den Ural fuhren wurden.
O elefantischer Pan im Porzellantrakt der Musen hinter
His technique and subjects are still reminiscent of graffiti, but his conceptual ambition has deepened: "I wanted to engage with ideas, and for that graffiti/street art didn't seem quite the right medium." In the works in his recent exhibition, '"Hinter der Freiheit" (Behind Freedom), he applied oil paint to canvas via spray gun and stencil; he took his motifs from photographs of derelict buildings and industrial ruins--the very places where the artist, who was born in Vienna in 1981, sprayed graffiti.
Come Sunday night, it will be 10 towns down, 90 to go in what Merkley wants to be a 100-day, off-and-on ramble through the hinter lands of Oregon.
They are the result of arduous editorial work and are meticulously annotated by Susanne Kord, whose pioneering work on women dramatists, Ein Blick hinter die Kulissen: Deutschsprachige Dramatikerinnen im 18.
Fertiggerichte stiegen um 2,3% auf ungefahr 1,4 Millionen, sie lagen aber hinsichtlich des Volumens weit hinter den Bedarfsgutern zuruck.
The telenovela may be relatively new to Grundy, but the company has plenty of experience churning out most of Germany's hit soaps, including RTL's long-running "Good Times, Bad Times," "Unter uns" and female prison series "Hinter Gittern," as well as pubcaster ARD's "Verbotene Liebe."
Volume 21 is a special disc, peculiar to the box set, which has afew rarities, such as the original 1930s version of Brats with original score and a short reel of clips from Hinter Schloss und Riegel, the German version of Pardon Us.
It is, Skwara writes, "Ein Wanderlied dem, / der zuruckbleibt, / mit jedem Schritt weiter / hinter der Welt." Corresponding to the plaintive "Warte nur" in Goethe's "Wandrers Nachtlied," Skwara's wanderer anxiously calls out: "Warte, warte auf mich, Welt!"