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English

Etymology

Variant of clew, "a ball of thread or yarn", with reference to the one which the mythical Theseus used to guide him out of the Minotaur's labyrinth.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
clue

Plural
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  1. Information which may lead one to a certain point or conclusion.
  2. An object or a kind of marking which may be used as evidence.

Usage notes

Often used ironically in everyday usage in the US, exaggerating the hiddenness of the information constituting the clue, and thereby belittling the alertness and/or intelligence of the person lacking the information. In ordinary usage, 'clues' are normally associated with the investigation of unsolved crimes, especially murders; and in particular, the process of deducing what actually took place after collecting information about these events.

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Verb

Infinitive
to clue

Third person singular
clu

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to clue (third-person singular simple present clu, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. Provide with a clue, often used with "in" or "up".
  2. Provide someone with information which he or she lacks.
    Smith, clue Jones in on what's been happening.

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