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: the act or process of insinuating
: something that is insinuated
: a sly, subtle, and usually derogatory utterance
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1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1
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: a usually bad or insulting remark that is said in an indirect way
: the act of saying something bad or insulting in an indirect way
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