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."

Examples of take a hint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Headphones are a great way to keep from being the sounding board for your neighbor who can’t take a hint. Kristie Koerbel, New York Times, 24 May 2023 To make up for the lack of cabinetry, take a hint from this bathroom designed by Shari Francis and pop a basket beneath your vessel. Alyssa Longobucco, House Beautiful, 24 Oct. 2022 Maybe Dan Snyder can take a hint after all. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 4 Nov. 2022 In an era when time is a luxury, take a hint from the glamour of yore and indulge in slow-moving, on-the-ground transport. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 3 Jan. 2022 Here’s hoping maybe the Blue Bloods creators can take a hint and make one fan base very happy. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, 21 Aug. 2021 Now, if only some confectioner would take a hint and start making and selling my grandmother Lily Rose Stewart’s buttercream Easter eggs. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, 3 Apr. 2021 This dude really can't take a hint. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 25 Feb. 2021 Churchill Downs can take a hint. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 13 Aug. 2020 See More

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“Take a hint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20a%20hint. Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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