Phrases with "hint"

It was something I had never seen before, giving no hint of the direction from which any change would come, the closing in of a menace from all sides. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Anthony Trollope Some one once had said—or very likely no one had said it, but a soupçon of a hint had in some way reached her own ears—that she had left Torquay without paying her bills. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Virginia Woolf No touch of pettiness, no hint of spite, rouse us from our contemplation. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

George Meredith Mrs. Lackstraw thought it prudent to hint at the latter idea to Jane while she decided in her generosity to embrace the former. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

I wish to take a hint in education from the Secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Agriculture, who regards the cultivation of too much land as a great defect in our New England farming. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

There was nothing in her costume to hint at poverty, nor does poverty usually travel in first-class carriages. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Ann Radcliffe She was, however, too deliate to hint any curiosity on the subject; and too much engaged by a nearer interest, to dwell long upon the circumstance. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

George Gissing The hint of secrets concerning his wife had not its full effect in the moment of utterance; it sounded the common artifice of a criminal. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

H. G. Wells Take a hint from the Anschluss . The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Edith Wharton But now the hint of this weakness had become the most interesting thing about her. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

H.P. Lovecraft The rapping was now repeated with greater insistence, and this time bore a hint of metal. He by H.P. Lovecraft [1925]

George Meredith He might have fallen there at once, had he not remembered a hint that Mr. Reginald Rolles had dropped concerning Lady Camper’s amazing variability. The Case of General Ople and Lady Camper by George Meredith [1877]

Anthony Trollope Though she but seldom interfered with any monetary arrangement of her husband’s, yet once or twice she had ventured to hint that a legacy left to the young squire would make her a happy woman. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Kenneth Grahame Never a word or a hint of the personal tributes or of his appreciation of them. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Arthur Machen The fields of the approach held no hint of what was to come. Change by Arthur Machen

Henry James Give him a hint to come — to come often. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Topsparkle is such a fanatic about music that I hardly dare question a soprano’s reputation, or hint that a tenor has the air of having sprung from the gutter. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

George Gissing And, you see, there’s been no hint of a wish on their part that I should see them in London. No, I’ll just leave you to say good-bye for me. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Walter Scott She interpreted the Duke’s manoeuvre as a hint that she was to ask no more questions, and she remained silent accordingly. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Algernon Blackwood His dignity, his deep solicitous tenderness, and at the same time a hint of power that emanated more and more from his whole person, rendered him in some intangible fashion remote and inaccessible. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Sinclair Lewis But this second volume of my clippings may perhaps interest you, just as a hint of what a fellow can do. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

George Gissing The hint spread among those on the platform. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

I will not permit so much as the faintest hint of anything I have told you. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

The Rev. Theron Ware had not caught even the faintest hint of these overtures to suspicion. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Arthur Machen He had let out no suspicion of what had happened in Meirion, and before taking his brother-in-law to the club he had passed round a hint among the members. The Terror by Arthur Machen

I urge some of the younger members of this learned audience to lay this hint to heart. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

W. W. Jacobs Wilson felt his courage oozing, and tried to hint at what he dared not say. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

Henry James He might even have wished to hint that he’d send his own servant to assist. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

George Gissing No hint of the purpose Beatrice secretly entertained ever reached him till, long after, the purpose became action. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

G. K. Chesterton As you say, there is no harm in it, and if Captain Fraser had simply dropped me a hint I could have saved him from dropping a good sum of money. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Now — is the future benefit you hint at worth all this?” Hoar twitched a thorny spray off the hedge behind the pales, and twirled it about between his teeth. Our Strike by Ellen Wood [1871]

Edith Wharton There was richness and mystery in the thick black type, a hint of bursting overflowing material in the serried lines and scant margin. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Edith Wharton So she never gave me a hint of anything, and she even managed to muzzle Susy Suffern — you know Susy is the one of the family who keeps me informed about things at home. Autres Temps . . . by Edith Wharton [1916]

That was a parrot cry, Miss Moorsom. I don’t think that the greatest fool of them all ever dared hint such a stupid thing of me that I killed men for nothing. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

We must not let even a hint about this money get abroad. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Algernon Blackwood It was the awful waste and drift of a monstrous world, so utterly different to all we know and see that I cannot even hint at the nature of the sights and objects and beings in it. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Ralph Waldo Emerson No priest dares hint at a Providence which does not respect English utility. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

A hint from Brome, more than a hint from Moliere, much wit, vivacity, and cleverness make up this admirable comedy. A Memoir of Mrs. Behn by Montague Summers

Washington Irving He found his old comrades gradually growing cold and civil to him; no longer laughing at his jokes; and now and then throwing out a fling at “some people,” and a hint about “quality binding. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Anthony Trollope I wouldn’t hint such a thing of any young lady, let her be anybody’s cousin. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Arnold Bennett Hence, beneath his weariness and his professional attitudinarianism there was a hint of the devil-may-care that had its piquancy. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Yet in the Life of her husbandalmost the closing words — she does give a hint to those who could understand. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Jack London It is a hint that she was once one of those children who danced to the organ-grinder. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

George Gissing But not a syllable to hint at the truth. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

For some reason which he could not tell, he would have burned his hand off rather than breathe a hint of it. Basilissa by John Buchan [1914]

Algernon Blackwood Yet, without a hint of insincerity or charlatanism, he seemed conscious only of what he deemed the long, sweet prizes of the soul, difficult of attainment, and to the majority mere dreams. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Sinclair Lewis She was miraculously feminine tonight; the baby was going to be tiny, and she was scarce swollen; there was no hint of it as she sat up in bed, huddled under the pink silk coverlet. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins Won’t you sit down?” I had purposely remained standing as a hint to her not to prolong the interview. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

George Gissing And, by the gods! I will be treated respectfully! It wouldn’t be amiss, Maud, if you just gave him a hint to that effect. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Henry James At the smallest hint like the one I just mentioned even an old dunderhead like me catches on he sees the strong reasons for Paul’s attitude. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

George Gissing And what would happen then? “Casti,” Waymark exclaimed suddenly, when a hint of this thought had brought both of them to a pause, “come away with me. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Every one who is in the business is so chary of being discovered, that they take particular care not to divulge anything, however small, that may give a hint or clue as to their complicity. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

He had it again, lost it, found it suddenly high above him — always a glimmer of green with but a hint of a girl’s form behind it. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Edith Wharton Naturally, she’s used to that too!” This sent a slight shiver through French, with its hint of glib replies insensibly shaped by repeated questionings. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

If we had only a hint of some weakness we might make a plan. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Benjamin Disraeli You plainly perceive that he is determined to be a civilian; and he is as offended if you drop a hint that he occasionally wears an uniform, as a servant on a holiday if you mention the word livery. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Walter Scott Bucklaw afterwards went abroad, and never returned to Scotland; nor was he known ever to hint at the circumstances attending his fatal marriage. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

You don’t have to see a hint unless you like. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Taking a hint from Nature, it was decided to form a vegetable garden where water and sandy humus, enriched by the deposition of the refuse of ages, were available. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Has Brandreth been putting up any more jobs on you?” “No, no! Only giving me a hint of his troubles and sorrows with those wretched Social Union theatricals. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Wilkie Collins A hint to enlighten me was all that I wanted; and, as the irony of circumstances ordered it, my mother was the person who gave me the hint. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Sinclair Lewis There was no hint of sales-lists in the clouds, at least. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

He will bolt like a shot at the least hint of Lesbia’s return. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

George Gissing She treated him distantly, yet without a hint of unfriendliness. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

It was a strong hand, a deft, clean-cut member, formed to respond to the slightest hint from the powerful brain controlling it. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope Therefore, when Sir Orlando dropped his hint Mr Roby did not take it. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott But let me give Blood and the others a hint on your part. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

I presumed that he intended to convey a hint that it would be just as well to keep our little adventure to ourselves. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Bram Stoker I mistrust these quiet moods of of his, so I have given the attendant a hint to look closely after him, and to have a strait waistcoat ready in case of need. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Virginia Woolf There are still subjects that educated people, when they are of different sexes, even though financially independent, veil, or hint at in guarded terms and then pass on. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He had given Mildred no hint as to this or as to the real cause of his own changed feelings. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Elizabeth Gaskell She had written and sent a long letter to Dixon; and a shorter one was left in charge of Canon Livingstone (she dared not hint at the possibility of her dying to Miss Monro) to be sent to the old man. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

We don’t want a hint of it to be dropped anywhere, if you don’t mind, sir. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Elizabeth Gaskell So John Barton thought he’d try another hint or two. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There hasn’t been a hint in a single paper that he may have tumbled into any other sort of trouble. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Anthony Trollope There was no suspicion in her letters no fear, no hint at jealousy. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson The idea of life at home attracted her as little as ever — Mother had even begun to hint as well that she would now be expected to instruct her young brothers. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Algernon Blackwood There was a hint of song, of chanting almost, in the tone. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Then she had not offended her lodger? She had not made him angry by that, that—was it a hint she had meant to convey to him? “Very true, sir,” she said respectfully. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

The Asylum for the Destitute offers a hint worth taking. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Its official organ, Izviestia (News), began to hint that the function of the Soviets was nearly at an end, (See App. II, Sect. 3) and that they might soon be dissolved . Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

George Gissing Besides, you’d only to give me a hint to talk of something else. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Don’t hint this or that, but take your stand upon a truth and strike out. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

The first thing in the morning I wished to have at them; but they took the hint of daybreak to make off, and left me only the half of the animal. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Henry Handel Richardson But at the first hint of it he flung restlessly over on his side, unable to bear its weight. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

And we must do it without giving the journalists a hint of what is happening. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

The face had about it a hint of the Jew — no more; so little indeed that Jonathan wondered if it were only Richard’s account that caused him to think he saw it. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Wilkie Collins To this oldest, kindest, and most merciful of friends, therefore, he determined to confess, what he dare not so much as hint to his own father. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Algernon Blackwood They were only too glad to take the hint and go. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Wilkie Collins Mademoiselle Gautier does not so much as hint at the influence which the loss of her lover had in disposing her mind to reflect on serious subjects. A Fair Penitent by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Henry James In Mrs. Temperly’s composition there was not a hint of the bully; but none the less she held her children — she would hold them for ever. Mrs. Temperly by Henry James [1887]

Anthony Trollope At first she was unwilling to hint this caution even to herself; but at last, as her suspicions grew, she spoke the words very frequently, not only to herself, but also to her husband. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Abraham Merri The lips were not so firm, the corners of the mouth drew down, there was hint of indecision about them and the chin. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Arnold Bennett She left the dining-room, shutting the door on George, who could take a hint very well — considering his years. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

The walls of these were papered from floor to ceiling, and in none of them did there seem to be anything calculated to convey a hint as to the meaning of the cabalistic allusion. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Soon after, someone in front of the house shouted: “When did you eat the last baby?” and though a roar of laughter answered it, it was laughter with a hint of madness. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

F. Scott Fitzgerald The up-stairs maid said that Mrs. Hawkins, the mayor’s wife, had been trying for a week to hint Dalyrimple out of the house. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anthony Trollope If I can help it, I will give occasion to no man to hint anything to me which can make me be so wretched as I have been today. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But there was no hint at any fault. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett To Sophia his smile was a miracle continually renewed; it mingled dashing gaiety with a hint of wistful appeal in a manner that never failed to bewitch her. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

G. K. Chesterton He may have taken, and probably has taken, a hint from a human being. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Under her amazement there was a hint of fear, and then came a flash as of anger. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

E. F. Benson He pressed Miss Ida’s hand (or rather put himself into the spiritual condition of so doing), and could vaguely feel that it had some hint of warmth and solidity about it. Mr. Tilly’s Seance by E. F. Benson

Arthur Conan Doyle Scudery might not be so dull were she to take a hint from these smugglers’ caves and sliding panels. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Machen His eyebrows were heavy, and there was a hint of a threat in his jaw, but the smile with which he welcomed Last lit up his grimmish features into a genial warmth. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

H. G. Wells You point out how Russia has erred and Germany taken your hint of the week before last. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Charles Kingsley As for the practical utility of such studies to a soldier, I only need, I trust, to hint at it to such an assembly as this. The Study of Natural History by Charles Kingsley

Andrew Lang The earliest traditional hint on the subject is given by the famous “Coffer of Cypselus,” a work of the seventh century, B.C., which Pausanias saw at Olympia, in A.D. 174. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling Certainly a horse would have been quite visible, but there was no hint of guns, except a semaphore which announced it was forbidden to pass that way, as the battery was firing. France at War by Rudyard Kipling [1915]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was a hint of unconscious triumph in her tone as she showed the former the magic slip of paper. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Gertrude Stein Why is the name changed The name is changed because in the little space there is a tree, in some space there are no trees, in every space there is a hint of more, all this causes the decision. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

Robert Louis Stevenson Upon us, who are further advanced and fairly dealing with the threads of destiny, they only glance from time to time to glean a hint for their own mimetic reproduction. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

Oscar Wilde Indeed, on the subject of stage beards Shakespeare is quite elaborate; tells us of the many different colours in use, and gives a hint to actors always to see that their own are properly tied on. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Be particularly careful not to drop him a hint of your knowledge of what is coming. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

George Gissing I shall give him a hint to remember his position. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

E. F. Benson So dangerous to hint anything of the sort. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

F. Scott Fitzgerald There are dying flower scents upon the air, so thin, so fragile, as to hint already of a summer laid away in time. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

H. G. Wells What was left of these I put away among the other offerings, just to give them a hint of my tastes. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Kenneth Grahame Nature seemed prim and staid that day, and the globe gave no hint that it was flying round a circus ring of its own. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

James Anthony Froude Bunyan had received a hint of what was coming. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Walter Scott But it was not for him that it is my hint to speak. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

H.P. Lovecraft In the summer of 1913 I began to display signs of ennui and flagging interest, and to hint to various associates that a change might soon be expected in me. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

George Gissing I don’t hint at the worst—it would be uncharitable—but the poor creature had undoubtedly made some discovery in that woman’s house which drove her to despair. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Mina did not take the hint about going in: she made off to her sisters instead. Janet Carey by Ellen Wood [1873]

George Gissing You know me, and you will understand as soon as I hint at the psychology of the thing. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Frances Hodgson Burnett The plants in the window boxes seemed always in bloom, being magically replaced in the early morning hours when they dared to hint at flagging. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

George Gissing One caught a hint of loneliness in his existence; his reticences, often very marked in the flow of his unpolished talk, seemed to indicate some disappointment, and a dislike to dwell upon it. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

A hint of greyness in its quality spoke of morning, and a breath of snow in its cleanness spoke of the ‘high tops’. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

George Gissing Mrs. Hood has not dared to hint at the truth, but it cannot be concealed for long. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Virginia Woolf There was cruelty in his teasing, and a hint of tragedy in his defeat; his final threat had a momentary terror in it. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Henry James I think she gave that hint with a flattering impression — spoiled child of the booksellers as she is — that the price of my clever little articles is high. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Elizabeth Gaskell And I had resolved never to give Molly a hint of what I felt till I returned — and then to try and win her by every means in my power. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Jane Austen I ought to have waited for official information, But now, my dear Miss Elliot, as an old friend, do give me a hint as to when I may speak. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Walter Scott Peveril took the hint in good part, and the entertainment proceeded with animation. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Willa Cather The State men congratulated him warmly, and their coach went so far as to hint that if he ever wanted to make a change, there would be a place for him on the University team. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

He tried to hint it was his late wife’s fault. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

George Meredith She said, in reply to a hint from him: ‘If my lord will allow me an interview, I purpose to be obedient. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

I can’t say that I fancied the visit much, myself, and I tried to hint to parson that as, after all, they were only a lot of ghosts it didn’t very much matter. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch There was no menace in the posture of any one of them, and in Brother Bartolomé‘s there was certainly no hint of fear. The Poisoned Ice by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Virginia Woolf Obviously they meant to hint at his peculiar disposition — long rumoured among them. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

I sometimes think that if he had stayed — but there has never been the lightest recrimination between us about it, and I am not going to hint one now. A mother in India by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

George Gissing Perhaps a hint would be enough to induce her to share a secret with him, when she understood what his suspicions pointed to. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Walter Scott Well, thou didst wish her as bad a one, when thou didst modestly hint at thyself. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

Mark Twain I’d begun to think I warn’t going to get a hint of no kind to help me. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

George Gissing Mary knew of the interview between Miss Nunn and Mrs. Widdowson, knew its result; but she would not hint at this. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

George Gissing That hint afforded him by Fanny was invaluable; it had enabled him to appeal to Sidwell’s nature by the ardent expression of what was sincerest in his own. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

H. G. Wells I noted this with satisfaction, for here at least was a hint for feeding. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Arthur Machen It was clear, indeed, that he found great difficulty in finding a verbal formula which should convey some hint of his adventures. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

George Gissing In one spot silence and not a hint of life; in another, children noisily at play amid piles of old metal or miscellaneous rubbish. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

James Hogg They accordingly sent him on a pretended mission of legality to Dalcastle, with orders to see and speak with the proprietor, without giving him a hint what was wanted. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Jack London At the first hint of conflict, the whole team drew together and faced him. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Sigmund Freud I believe that Dora only wanted to play ‘secrets’ with me, and to hint that she was on the point of allowing her secret to be torn from her by the doctor. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

At the time of the discovery, he had had a hint given him of the fact, with a view of more effectually weaning him from Sophie Chalk, but not the particulars. Our First Term at Oxford by Ellen Wood [1873]

Henry Handel Richardson Till she rounded on him: “If you can’t take a hint . Sister Ann by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope It was impossible to hint that her ladyship had wished to have Lord Hampstead—removed. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

I seated myself quietly opposite to the Baroness. A glance upon Marguerite told her that her hint had not been thrown away upon me. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

G. K. Chesterton There were no ladies or policemen here to give him a hint either of its farce or its tragedy. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Anthony Trollope To him, while his words had been doubtful while he had simply played at making love to her, she had given no hint of the state of her affections. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Ford Madox Ford Thus at the mere hint of a retreat the enemy forces must break through and come upon the vast, unorganised, or semi-organised bodies of troops in the rear . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

George Borrow It must have seemed somewhat singular to you that I went away without taking any leave, or giving you the slightest hint that I was going; but I did not do so without considerable reflection. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

If there was surprise felt at his not being taken into the firm as a partner, he gave no hint of sharing it. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Wilkie Collins Delamayn held the lead till they were half way through the fifth round — when Fleetwood, at a hint from his trainer, forced the pace. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Henry Handel Richardson At the mere hint of this, Laura grew warm through and through; and as she could neither control her feelings nor keep them to herself, she rushed to an extreme and overshot the mark. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry James Delia’s hint however was all-sufficient for her father; he would have thought it a gross breach of friendly loyalty to take part in a festival not graced by Mr. Flack’s presence. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Arnold Bennett She had given no hint of the terrible explosion — for an explosion it was. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Yet — silent and motionless as he was — the hoary ancient gave hint of the mysteries of his revenge. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

G. K. Chesterton Nothing is gained by dropping the old material metaphors, which did hint at heavenly beauty, and adopting other material metaphors which do not even give a hint of earthly beauty. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Maria Edgeworth The hint he had given, however, operated immediately upon White Connal. “This scattered-brained young Ormond,” said he to himself, “desires nothing better than to fight. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Henry James He admitted that he had been severe, and begged her pardon, for he was by no means sure that there was not a hint of tears in her voice. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Jack London So I shall briefen and no more than hint at the beginnings of it. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Charles Dickens May I hint at the probability of your sometimes supplying him with money for these purposes?’ She sat, looking down; but, at this question, raised her eyes searchingly and a little resentfully. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Edith Wharton Stan has been giving me a hint of something a good deal more volcanic. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

No wonder Bruce had been so complacent, and no wonder, either, that there had been that faint hint of amusement in his voice over the wire. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Thomas Paine A woman’s virtue must sit very lightly on her who can even hint a favorable sentiment in their behalf. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Algernon Blackwood All about this valley there were tracks offering a hint of Beings that had left them — that any moment might reveal themselves. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Benjamin Disraeli Some choice spirits took the hint from the public feeling, and determined to dine on the public curiosity. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

As Doris said, the fingers never curled up languidly, but always with the hint of a clench. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Ford Madox Ford I only want, my dear boy, to hint that . Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

George Elio The hint she had thrown out in the morning of her wish to return to him after a time, showed a new eagerness for difficult duties, that only made the long-saddened sober mother tremble. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Abraham Merri There was no hint of green upon the surrounding mountains; only the bare black cliffs with their ice and snow-filled gashes. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

He gave no hint to anybody, but left the country without leaving the faintest clue concerning his destination behind him. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

G. K. Chesterton At the lightest hint of the sort of thing to which Colonel Crane had alluded, the American opened himself with an expansiveness that was like some gigantic embrace. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Sinclair Lewis The bishop sank into his golden oak revolving desk-chair, pointed at his typewriter, and sighed, “From this horrid room you get a hint of how pressed I am by practical affairs. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

M. R. James If I did, and perhaps I did, hint a suspicion to the nurse the only answer to it will have been ‘the hidea of such a thing!’ and an injunction to make haste and get into my bed. Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James

Olaf Stapledon Perhaps I can give a hint of it by saying simply that nothing is merely lost. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Edgar Rice Burroughs He looked about for some hint of a wild prank to play upon these strange, grotesque creatures that they might be again aware of his presence among them. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Henry James He seemed to hint that nothing but the right “values” was of any consequence. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Wilkie Collins Mrs. Lecount’s apparently superfluous hint to him to be liberal in offering money when he knew he had no intention of parting with it, had been founded on an intimate knowledge of his character. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Jack London For centuries no hint of its existence reached the world. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Algernon Blackwood There was the invigorating hint of forests too. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Algernon Blackwood There was no hint of the melancholy that belongs commonly to flatness; the sadness of wide, monotonous landscape was not here. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Charles Dickens But he never justified himself by a hint tending that way, or tried to bend the past out of its eternal shape. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Wilkie Collins No friend or neighbor lingered near with a message; no letter lay waiting for me; no hint was left to tell me in what direction they had taken their departure. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Edith Wharton There’s a hint of it in the last number of the ‘Looker-on’; here . Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

George Eliot He pressed her hand, as if intending a hint to her, and said in a good-humoured tone of comradeship — ‘Yes, my Dolfo, you may prepare in all security. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Algernon Blackwood I realised a hint of possibility in his shining scheme. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Walter Scott Old Griffiths would never, in the midst of our speedy retreat of last night, have had sense enough to secure a few flasks, had I not given him a hint on that important subject. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Ralph Waldo Emerson But we are never without a hint that these powers are mediate and servile, and that we are one day to deal with real being, — essences with essences. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

And yet, at the very end of his long peroration, the coroner did throw out a hint which might mean anything—or nothing. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Miles Franklin My experience so far has contained no hint of such unbuttonedness. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]