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Here, perchance, may be found a clue in symbol to the family strife.

His last letter gives no clue to the track he intended to pursue.

I think I have a clue by which his address may be ascertained.

Perhaps, in that characteristic might be found a clue to the chief fault in his nature.

Nobody ever got any clue to the reason, if there was one, for this predilection of hers.

To the girl, watching her face covertly, Kirkwood turned for clue to the incident.

I have no knowledge of these secrets, and no clue to their meaning.

The very thing you are hiding from me may be the clue I most want to get hold of.'

I hope and believe that I have found a clue that will enable me to trace Margaret.'

If you, who hold the clue to all, want corroboration (which you do not), the means are easy.'

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, spelling variant of clew "a ball of thread or yarn," in this sense with reference to the one Theseus used as a guide out of the Labyrinth. The purely figurative sense of "that which points the way" is from 1620s. As something which a bewildered person does not have, by 1948.

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