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clue

[kloo] /klu/
noun
1.
anything that serves to guide or direct in the solution of a problem, mystery, etc.
2.
clew (defs 1–4, 6, 12).
verb (used with object), clued, cluing.
3.
to direct or point out by a clue.
4.
clew (def 7).
Verb phrases
5.
clue in,
  1. to provide with useful or reliable information:
    Clue us in on how these forms are to be filled out.
  2. to make familiar or aware:
    Has she been clued in about the rules of this office?
Origin
variant spelling of clew
Synonyms
1. sign, hint, trace, evidence, mark, key.
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British Dictionary definitions for clue in

clue

/kluː/
noun
1.
something that helps to solve a problem or unravel a mystery
2.
not to have a clue
  1. to be completely baffled
  2. to be completely ignorant or incompetent
verb clues, cluing, clued
3.
(transitive; usually foll by in or up) to provide with helpful information
noun, verb
4.
a variant spelling of clew
Word Origin
C15: variant of clew
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Word Origin and History for clue in

clue

n.

1590s, spelling variant of clew "a ball of thread or yarn," in this sense with reference to the one Theseus used as a guide out of the Labyrinth. The purely figurative sense of "that which points the way" is from 1620s. As something which a bewildered person does not have, by 1948.

v.

"to inform someone of the important facts," usually with in, 1934, from clue (n.). Related: Clued; cluing. Earlier in now-obsolete sense of "follow or track by clues" (1660s). In nautical use, "to haul up (a sail) by means of the clue-lines," from clue (n.) in the "wound ball of yarn" sense.

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Slang definitions & phrases for clue in

clue

v,v phr

(also clue in) To inform someone of pertinent facts; PUT someone IN THE PICTURE: I'll clue ya/ Neil Sheehan and I were terribly clued-in. We had a lock on that story (1940s+)

Related Terms

get a clue, have a clue, not have a clue


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with clue in

clue in

Also, clue up. Give someone guiding information, as in It's time someone clued us in on what's happening, or I hope they clue us up soon. This expression, which uses the verb clue in the sense of “inform,” is sometimes put simply as clue (as in I'll clue you—this isn't going to work). [ ; mid-1900s ]
Also see: not have a clue
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