The first inkling we had of Cliff's problem was when he didn't come to work.

faintest, slightest

We didn't have the slightest inkling of the dramatic news we were about to hear.

have (no)
give (sb)

She never gave us any inkling of what she was planning.

inkling of

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  • inkling — index clue, hint, inference, intimation, notion, perception, reference (allusion), suggestion …   Law dictionary

  • inkling — c.1400, apparently from the gerund of M.E. verb inclen utter in an undertone, hint at, hint (mid 14c.), which is of unknown origin; perhaps related to O.E. inca doubt, suspicion …   Etymology dictionary

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  • inkling — ink|ling [ˈıŋklıŋ] n [C usually singular] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Probably from inkle to say quietly, hint (1300 1400)] a slight idea about something →↑suspicion ▪ I had an inkling that she was pregnant. inkling of ▪ She had absolutely no… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • inkling — in|kling [ ıŋklıŋ ] noun count a slight idea or small piece of information that tells you that something might exist or be happening: The first inkling that something was wrong came on Wednesday. have no inkling: I had no inkling how serious… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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