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 understand by telling him very plainly or boldly.

Frank was given to understand in a short note from the boss that he was fired.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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