give to understand

{v. phr.}, {informal} 1. To make a person think that something is true but not tell him; suggest; hint. * /Mr. Johnson gave Billy to understand that he would pay him if he helped him clean the yard./ 2. To make a person understand by telling him very plainly or boldly. * /Frank was given to understand in a short note from the boss that he was fired./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • give to understand — index disabuse, instruct (teach), notify Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • give\ to\ understand — • give (smb) to understand v. phr. informal 1. To make a person think that something is true but not tell him; suggest; hint. Mr. Johnson gave Billy to understand that he would pay him if he helped him clean the yard. 2. To make a person… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • give to understand — give the impression, lead to believe …   English contemporary dictionary

  • give to understand — {v. phr.}, {informal} 1. To make a person think that something is true but not tell him; suggest; hint. * /Mr. Johnson gave Billy to understand that he would pay him if he helped him clean the yard./ 2. To make a person understand by telling him… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • give to understand — make a person understand by telling him very plainly or boldly I was given to understand that I could rent an apartment very easily here …   Idioms and examples

  • give — [giv] vt. gave, given, giving [ME given (with g < ON gefa, to give), yeven < OE giefan, akin to Ger geben < IE base * ghabh , to grasp, take > L habere, to have: the special Gmc sense of this base results from its use as a substitute… …   English World dictionary

  • Give — (g[i^]v), v. t. [imp. {Gave} (g[=a]v); p. p. {Given} (g[i^]v n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Giving}.] [OE. given, yiven, yeven, AS. gifan, giefan; akin to D. geven, OS. ge[eth]an, OHG. geban, G. geben, Icel. gefa, Sw. gifva, Dan. give, Goth. giban. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • give someone to understand (that) — formal phrase to tell someone something, or to make them think that something is true She’s been asking to see you, or so I’ve been given to understand. Thesaurus: to tell someone something, or to give informationsynonym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • give\ smb.\ to\ understand — • give (smb) to understand v. phr. informal 1. To make a person think that something is true but not tell him; suggest; hint. Mr. Johnson gave Billy to understand that he would pay him if he helped him clean the yard. 2. To make a person… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • give somebody to understand (that) … — give sb to believe/understand (that)… idiom often passive (formal) to make sb believe/understand sth • I was given to understand that she had resigned. Main entry: ↑giveidiom …   Useful english dictionary


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