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Noun
A piece of evidence or information used in the detection of a crime
“From Lestrade's demeanour, I could tell it was a murder case and this paper could hold the clue to solving it.”
Noun
A word or words giving an indication as to what is to be inserted in a particular space in a crossword
“A crossword is just a set of blank spaces, so how did he know the clue referred to him?”
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