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.
Does “None” Take A Singular Or Plural Verb?One is singular, and so takes a singular verb ... so "none" should be singular, too? Not so fast. None can take a singular or plural verb. Why?!
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