ADJ. broad, clear, heavy, strong He gave a broad hint that he was on the verge of leaving. | gentle, subtle, veiled | tantalizing
VERB + HINT drop, give (sb) I dropped a few subtle hints about the payment being due. | get, take OK, I get the hint! Can't you take a hint and leave me alone?
PREP. ~ about, ~ from a hint from my boss about my absences from the office | ~ to Is that a hint to me to leave?
2 small amount of sth
ADJ. strong a dish with a strong hint of garlic | faint, merest, slightest The slightest hint of gossip upset her.
PREP. ~ of There was a hint of amusement in his voice.
PHRASES at the first hint of sth At the first hint of trouble, I will call the police.
3 piece of advice
ADJ. handy, helpful, practical, useful
VERB + HINT give (sb)
PREP. ~ about The book gives some useful hints about how to plan your garden. | ~ on a book full of handy hints on painting and decorating
ADV. strongly He hinted strongly that he would be resigning soon. | discreetly | darkly She hinted darkly that all was not well. | only
PREP. at The problems are only hinted at in the report.