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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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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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Taking the hint, Michael prepares to get out of Walford, leaving just a note and an envelope of cash behind him, but it's Alfie who finds the letter.
But instead of taking the hint and modernising the way it does business, the DUP has resorting to bullying its own members with empty threats.
She said she's fancied him for ages and as he wasn't taking the hint she wanted him to strip her naked, spread chocolate all over her body then lick it off before having passionate sex.
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I'll be taking the hint and backing the 1-1 correct scoreline at odds of 6/1 and giving Arsenal the old Boycie Bodyswerve to boot.
Meanwhile, window makers also are taking the hint and upgrading the latches and locks that secure their products.
Perhaps taking the hint, USC defensive coordinator Keith Burns officially accepted a similar position at Arkansas on Monday.
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