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Clue

The word clue refers to anything that leads to the solution of a problem or solving of a mystery. This information can be an object, something spoken, or something written.
The man who robbed the grocery store last week was not very bright. He left a clue that led the police right to him.
The labels were ripped off all the aluminium cans in the cupboard. This left us with no clue as to what was inside each one.
The word clue is also used in the popular phrases get a clue and I do not have a clue. The phrase get a clue is a negative saying that tells someone they are wrong. I do not have a clue is a phrase that is used to say you do not know what is going on or you do not have any information about something.
You need to get a clue, Hannah! Your sister's apology was completely artificial, and you cannot possibly continue to believe her.
I do not have a clue when it comes to baking a cake. For some reason they never rise and remain doughy inside.


Hint

The word hint refers to a helpful trace of something or suggestion that leads to the solving of a mystery or solution to a problem. In this case, it is a synonym for the word clue.
My sister left no hint as to where she might be hiding. It was a fun game until I really did not have a clue how to find her!
I really want to know what I am getting for Christmas, but my mum will not even give me a hint! She says I should give up because she will never tell me.
The word hint can also refer to a very small or almost unnoticeable amount of something. It implies subtlety.
There is a hint of spring in the air. It is a bit warmer, and I see one solitary bud on the limb of the tree in my front yard.
I added a hint of ginger to the meat while it cooked. I did not want to make a run of the mill meal for my girlfriend's parents.

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