clues; clued; cluing

A clue is a piece of evidence that helps solve a problem, or it's a slight hint. When you’re in the dark about the surprise party your friends are planning, they'll say, “She doesn’t have a clue!”

When you first join the police force, you’re mostly just walking the beat. But when you’re promoted to detective, your job is to look for that big clue that will help you solve the case. The original Middle English word was clew, which meant “a ball of thread.” If you were trapped in a labyrinth, you could follow the clew to help find your way out.

Definitions of clue
  1. noun
    evidence that helps to solve a problem
    synonyms: clew, cue
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    mark, sign
    a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened)
    something serving as a sign of something else
    type of:
    an indication that makes something evident
  2. noun
    a slight indication
    synonyms: hint
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    type of:
    indicant, indication
    something that serves to indicate or suggest
  3. verb
    roll into a ball
    synonyms: clew
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    type of:
    roll, twine, wind, wrap
    arrange or or coil around
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