take a hint

Also, take the hint. Accept an indirect or covert suggestion, as in Evelyn took the hint and quietly left the room. This idiom was first recorded in 1711.


Nearby words

  1. take a fancy to,
  2. take a fit,
  3. take a gander at,
  4. take a hand in,
  5. take a hike,
  6. take a joke,
  7. take a leaf out of someone's book,
  8. take a leak,
  9. take a load off one's mind,
  10. take a look at

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