Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CLUES

By these five clues the authorities have discovered eight facts.

One by one he submitted the clues to inspection under the microscope.

Phillips named the three clues, ticking them off on his fingers.

All conversation, all thought, all clues led to that mystery man.

If we get to moving around in here we may destroy any clues that could be used later.

They are going on the clues I have mentioned—the brooch, the handkerchief, and the revolver.

Did she by chance leave any trace, any clues, behind her in her flight?

Clues can be derived from names of writers and from historic knowledge.

Are you sure you have no other clues—no old letters, no photographs?

He had one or two clues and was following these industriously.

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.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.