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Hint, subst. that which gives matter and motive; occasion (Germ. Anlass): “it is a h. that wrings mine eyes to' t,” Tp. I, 2, 134. “our h. of woe is common,” II, 1, 3. “make them be strong and ready for this h.” Cor. III, 3, 23. “wherein of antres vast . . . it was my h. to speak,” Oth. I, 3, 142. “upon this h. I spake,” Oth. I, 3, 142 “when the best h. was given him, he not took it,” Ant. III, 4, 9. “take the h. which my despair proclaims,” III, 11, 18. “Posthumus took his hint,” Cymb. V, 5, 172.
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