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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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Examples from the web for clues
  • For a moment he gazes at a lone tree as if its bare branches dangle clues.
  • But now a variety of academics too are examining it for broader societal clues.
  • Other possible clues to an applicant's race, such as his or her name and educational background, still remain on the paperwork.
  • These seminars can give you clues to possible research directions and topics.
  • The archive may hold clues to why people respond to adversity in different ways.
  • But every candidate's file contains a number of textual clues.
  • But the small clues are also there that there are problems with those obvious facts, if you are trained to look for them.
  • When instructors talk, he listens for clues about the questions that might appear on tests.
  • She may need some sort of change, and they should really watch for clues as to what is bothering her.
  • Some of the quotations mentioning the lost books provide clues to their content.
British Dictionary definitions for clues

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 clues

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 clues

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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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