Part of speech: verb

Same as CLEW, vt.

Part of speech: noun

Figuratively, anything that guides through a perplexity; a suggestion; hint; as, a clue to a theft. For mechanical uses see clew, n.

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Usage examples "clue":

  1. Captain Drummond, who alone had the clue to all this, sat down on a convenient stone to examine the work. - "Melbourne House", Elizabeth Wetherell.
  2. Anything in the world to get at a clue to this thing, Mr. Headland, anything. - "Cleek: the Man of the Forty Faces", Thomas W. Hanshew.
  3. No use, says I. I dare say you understand, but the only clue I have to those sounds is that you've eat something that ain't agreed with you. - "Red Saunders' Pets and Other Critters", Henry Wallace Phillips.