a word to the wise

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of a word to the wise

used to say that one is about to give someone advice or a warning
  • A word to the wise: never sign a contract without reading it first.

Word by Word Definitions

word play
  1. : a speech sound or series of speech sounds that symbolizes and communicates a meaning usually without being divisible into smaller units capable of independent use

  2. : the entire set of linguistic forms produced by combining a single base with various inflectional elements without change in the part of speech elements

  3. : a written or printed character or combination of characters representing a spoken word

  1. : to express in words : phrase

  2. : speak

wise play
  1. : manner, way

  1. : characterized by wisdom : marked by deep understanding, keen discernment, and a capacity for sound judgment

  2. : exercising or showing sound judgment : prudent

  3. : evidencing or hinting at the possession of inside information : knowing

  1. : to give instruction or information to : teach

  2. : to become informed or knowledgeable : learn

  1. : direct, guide

  2. : advise, persuade

  3. : to divert or impel in a given direction : send

  1. : in the manner of

  2. : in the position or direction of

  3. : with regard to : in respect of


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