word to the wise


word to the wise
   a warning or threat
   There is a suggestion that it would be unwise to ignore the message:
    When questions of the legitimacy of the Zogoiby children began to be hinted at... the editors of all the major newspapers... had a word-to-the-wise in their ears; and after that the press campaign stopped instantly. (Rushdie, 1995)

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  • word to the wise — {n. phr.} A word of warning or advice which the intelligent person is expected to follow. A proverb. * /I had once spoken to him about being late all the time, and thought that a word to the wise was enough./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • word to the wise — {n. phr.} A word of warning or advice which the intelligent person is expected to follow. A proverb. * /I had once spoken to him about being late all the time, and thought that a word to the wise was enough./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • word\ to\ the\ wise — n. phr. proverb A word of warning or advice which the intelligent person is expected to follow. I had once spoken to him about being late all the time, and thought that a word to the wise was enough …   Словарь американских идиом

  • word to the wise — See a word to the wise …   English idioms

  • word to the wise — Synonyms and related words: admonishment, admonition, advice, alarm, alerting, caution, caveat, clue, cue, deterrent example, example, final notice, final warning, hint, lesson, monition, moral, notice, notification, object lesson, office,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • word to the wise — noun A piece of advice …   Wiktionary

  • a word to the wise is enough — Now often abbreviated to a word to the wise. Cf. L. verbum sat sapienti, a word is sufficient to a wise man; also verb. sap. a 1513 DUNBAR Poems (1979) 206 Few wordis may serve the wyis. 1546 J. HEYWOOD Dialogue of Proverbs II. vii. 14v Fewe… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • Wildcard/A Word from the 'Wise — Infobox Album | Name = Wildcard/A Word from the Wise Type = Compilation album Artist = Pennywise | Released = 1992 Recorded = 1989 Genre = Punk Length = 18:41 Label = Theologian Records Producer = Pennywise Reviews = *Allmusic (2/5)… …   Wikipedia

  • A Word from the Wise — Infobox Album | Name = A Word from the Wise Type = EP Artist = Pennywise Released = 1989 Recorded = 1989 Genre = Punk Length = 11:10 Label = Theologian Records Producer = ??? Reviews = Last album = Wildcard (EP) (1989) This album = A Word from… …   Wikipedia

  • a word to the wise — a hint or brief explanation given, that being all that is required * * * a word to the wise see ↑word, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑wise a word to the wise used to say that you are about to give someone advice or a warning A word to the wise: never sign… …   Useful english dictionary


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