Definition of clue noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kluː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kluː//
    Solving crime
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  1. 1clue (to something) an object, a piece of evidence or some information that helps the police solve a crime The police think the videotape may hold some vital clues to the identity of the killer. See related entries: Solving crime
  2. 2clue (to something) a fact or a piece of evidence that helps you discover the answer to a problem Diet may hold the clue to the causes of migraine.
  3. 3some words or a piece of information that helps you find the answers to a crossword, a game or a question ‘You'll never guess who I saw today!’ ‘Give me a clue.’
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: variant of clew. The original sense was ‘a ball of thread’; this was used to guide a person out of a labyrinth. Sense (1) dates from the early 17th cent.Extra examples So far, the police haven’t got any clues as to the motive for the crime. The burglar left no clues. The hat gives a clue to the identity of the killer. The letter yielded no clues. The picture contains subtle clues about the site’s history. This research might provide an important clue about how cancer develops. We must have missed some vital clue. a clue as to her whereabouts Is there any clue as to how the burglars entered the building?Idioms
      not have a clue (informal)
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    1. 1to know nothing about something or about how to do something I don't have a clue where she lives.
    2. 2(disapproving) to be very stupid Don't ask him to do it—he doesn't have a clue! See related entries: Stupid
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