Hint, Hint

Meaning of Idiom ‘Hint, Hint’

Hint, hint is an expression used to indirectly suggest that someone do something, especially when to ask outright may be considered rude. 1Manser, Martin H. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Wordsworth Editions Limited, 2006.

This humorous idiom’s meaning may be best expressed by citing some examples with explanations as to the intention of the expression.

Examples Of Use

“I’d really like some coffee, hint, hint.” (I would like you to bring me some coffee).

“Its a bit warm in here, hint, hint.” (I would like you to turn down the heat or turn up the air conditioner).

“Oh, you’re baking a cake? You know, I really don’t like chocolate frosting on cake, hint, hint.” (Please use some other flavor of frosting on the cake you are baking.)

Origin

Unknown.

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Sources   [ + ]

1. Manser, Martin H. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Wordsworth Editions Limited, 2006.