pointer - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    informal a piece of advice or information

    Can you give me a few pointers on how to improve my writing?

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  2. 2
    something that shows the development or progress of a situation

    The unemployment rate is a clear pointer to the state of the economy.

  3. 3
    a pole or stick for pointing at something such as a map or picture
  4. 4
    a dog used in hunting that points its nose at birds and small animals
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