take the hint

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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.
See also: hint, take

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.
See also: hint, take
References in classic literature ?
Weston had taken the hint, and let me pass without another word, I might have repeated it an hour after: but he did not.
Things looked so gloomy in the breakfast-room, albeit on the sunny side of Sackville Street, that any of the family tradespeople glancing through the blinds might have taken the hint to send in his account and press for it.
Jansenius calmly, not displeased to see that her daughter had taken the hint.
Although AP says he's very likely to ride Shutthefrontdoor for JP McManus, he mentioned Cause Of Causes as an alternative and punters have taken the hint," said Hill's Jon Ivan-Duke.
Most of Peterhead's gulls have taken the hint and those that are left are a hard core of year-round residents".
When my pals at the Seat press office told me they were sending me a Leon Cupra to test drive and it was going to be wrapped, I thought they had taken the hint and were sending me one as a gift.
Mortgage lenders have taken the hint and are being much more forensic in their approach to applications.
ODDS ON The bookies have not taken the hint about the amount of goals scored in this fixture in the past few seasons with long odds still available.
Companies have finally taken the hint and 3D has taken a back seat at CES 2013.
but it's been five years and he STILL hasn't taken the hint.
I've tried to suggest it to my boyfriend but he hasn't taken the hint.
What I find amazing is that the other parties bound to be affected by the financial fallout of moldy properties--real estate investors, lenders, developers, and ratings agencies--have not taken the hint from insurers and moved equally fast to reduce their risks.
Pen manufacturers have taken the hint and increased distribution of the friendlier purple pens.
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council has taken the hint from the Dartmouth fire and one of our officers will be seconded to their education department to develop their understanding of this issue.