take a hint

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of take a hint

:to understand what someone is suggesting when he or she says something in an indirect way
  • "I have a lot of work to do." "OK, I'll leave. I can take a hint."

Word by Word Definitions

take play
  1. : to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

  2. : to seize or capture physically

  3. : to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. : a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

  2. : an act or the action of taking: such as

  3. : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene

hint play
  1. : opportunity, turn

  2. : a statement that expresses indirectly what one prefers not to say explicitly

  3. : an indirect or general suggestion for how to do or solve something

  1. : to convey indirectly and by allusion rather than explicitly

  2. : to give an indirect suggestion or piece of evidence that leads one toward the solution of a problem : to give a hint


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