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noun hint pronunciation in British English /hɪnt/ 
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  1. 1
    [countable] something that you say to show what you are thinking or feeling, without saying it directly
    hint that:

    Was this a hint that he'd had enough of her company for tonight?

    take a/the hint (=understand what someone wants you to do):

    She hoped he would take the hint and leave her alone.

    drop a hint (=say something in an indirect way):

    Sam keeps dropping hints about what he wants for his birthday.

    Ferguson has dropped his broadest hint yet that he will retire next year.

  2. 2
    [singular] a small amount of something
    hint of:

    There was a hint of impatience in his voice.

    yellow with a hint of green

    more than a hint of something (=a lot of something):

    The profession welcomed the recommendations with more than a hint of relief.

    'I am clearly the best man for the job,' he declared, without the slightest hint of irony.

    a/the hint of a smile:

    'Maybe,' she replied with the hint of a smile.

  3. 3
    [countable] a sign that something exists or is going to happen

    After ten days of negotiations, there was still no hint of a breakthrough.

    give no/little hint of something:

    The early morning weather gave no hint of the storms to come.

  4. 4
    [countable] a useful suggestion or piece of advice
    helpful/handy hints:

    This leaflet is full of handy hints about safety in the home.

    hint on:

    hints on how to improve your computer skills


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