intimate to

intimate to (someone)

To suggest, hint, or insinuate something to someone. A noun or pronoun can be used between "intimate" and "to." I tried to intimate to Ed that he needed to take his elbows off the table, but he didn't get any of my hints. If you want something done, you can't just intimate your wishes to people—you have to be direct.
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intimate something to someone

to suggest or imply something to someone. What are you intimating to me? I intimated nothing at all to you.
See also: intimate, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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