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I was pretty sure she wasn’t in prison for a drug crime, and I had a suspicion or intimation that she’d given the feds a bit of a chase before being taken into custody, which is probably why she’d ended up down the hill.
Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  a subtle hint or indirect suggestion
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intimate intimates intimated intimating intimation
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Standard suffix:  The suffix, "-tion" converts the verb intimate to a noun that can cause some confusion.

The verb form is spelled the same as the more common intimate (as in a close relationship), but the last syllable is this case rhymes with ate; whereas the last syllable of the more common sense rhymes with mut.
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  • I was pretty sure she wasn’t in prison for a drug crime, and I had a suspicion or intimation that she’d given the feds a bit of a chase before being taken into custody, which is probably why she’d ended up down the hill.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • I’ve never really liked this kind of thinking, either theirs or mine, and have always wished to be in a situation like the one I have steadily fashioned for myself in this town, where, if I don’t have many intimates or close friends, I’m at least a quantity known, somebody long ago counted.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • "Body?" she asked in a tone intimating that she had incriminating evidence against my sanity "Yeh, body of water."
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • She did not try to proselytize, only intimating to Sophie that for the suffering of her own imprisonment she would find ample reward in Jehovah’s Kingdom.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • There’s a shiver of premonition about it somehow, as if perhaps he had an intimation that this tiny mysterious piece would be one of the very few works to outlive him.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Called thus suddenly away, she left me without the slightest intimation of who my father was.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • A faint intimation that I have judged Madaline harshly, that we weren’t even that different, she and 1.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Mrs. Reynolds respect for Elizabeth seemed to increase on this intimation of her knowing her master.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Both negroes grinned a horrid grin, at this intimation.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Receiving this as an intimation that it was best not to delay, I settled that I would go to-morrow, and said so.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations

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  • There was scarcely an intimation of movement from the pit.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • The stone by which he was seated, bore, in large characters, an intimation that it was just seventy miles from that spot to London.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • But I didn’t call to him, for he gave a sudden intimation that he was content to be alone — he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and, far as I was from him, I could have sworn he was trembling.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • An intimation of the result pricked him like the point of a sharp instrument.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • And oh, this dearth of the human physiognomy! and, worse than all, the terrible intimation of Kenneth that I need not expect to be out of doors till spring!
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The first intimation he had that something was wrong was a long shadow that fell across the sidewalk, overlapping his own.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • The instant the father seconded this intimation by an expressive gesture of the hand, Uncas threw himself on the ground, and approached the animal with wary movements.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Seeing, however, that his forbearance had not the slightest effect, by an awful and unspeakable intimation with his twisted hand he warned off the foolish and infatuated man; but it was to no purpose.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Hereupon, (being at this time unbound) they fell a capering and dancing, one taking this thing upon her shoulders, and the other that, intimating, that they were willing to do any thing for them.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • It is a faint intimation, yet so are the first streaks of morning.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • What has made a Christian of you? I have kept up with you through Miss Pittypat but she gave me no intimation that you had developed womanly sweetness.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Still smiling, the French officer spread out his hands before Gerasim’s nose, intimating that he did not understand him either, and moved, limping, to the door at which Pierre was standing.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • It was here that I was destined, at a later date, to have a very strange experience—the first intimation of a still stranger discovery—but of that I will speak in its proper place.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • He had not then the least intimation of my intention to set up there or anywhere.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • But others like it, and find in it mystery and fascination, and prelude to adventure, and an intimation of the unknown.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • When the invitation came to me, there was not one word of intimation as to what I should say or as to what I should omit.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • "1 assure you I had nothing to do with it," Taggart said hastily, "and besides, the vital economic policies of this country are not determined by any considerations such as you’re intimating or—"
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • But lacking intimation of these things— dream-voice of gods—Akhilleus may feel dread when some god comes against him in the combat.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • It was the voice of Scrooge’s nephew, who came upon him so quickly that this was the first intimation he had of his approach.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • It was not long after that — not more than two or three days — when he gave me the first intimation of what I tell you.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • "Very good, Bartleby," said I, in a quiet sort of serenely severe self-possessed tone, intimating the unalterable purpose of some terrible retribution very close at hand.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • Now, in the twilight, he sat in the kitchen of his mother’s house with Philip Milholland’s notes in his coat pocket and tried to feel that intimation of God he had felt as a younger person.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • A darker intimation follows: Miss Jessel, a figure of "unmistakeable horror and evil," whereupon nature speaks again more decisively in a brilliantly written sentence: "The summer had turned, the summer had gone; the autumn had dropped upon Bly and had blown out half our lights."
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • I could feel it all around me, that invisible presence, chilly as the first intimation of death, the dusty unblinking eyes of a thousand snakes.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • A few shook their sagacious heads, intimating that they could penetrate the mystery; while one or two affirmed that there was no mystery at all, but only that Mr. Hooper’s eyes were so weakened by the midnight lamp, as to require a shade.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • For a lot of us, that particular show was either our first encounter with the Bard or our first intimation that he could actually be fun, since in public school, you may recall, they only teach his tragedies.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • And in the fog there appears an intimation of a figure.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • This was not an agreeable intimation.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • The name of "Eleanor" at the same moment, in his loudest tone, resounded through the building, giving to his daughter the first intimation of his presence, and to Catherine terror upon terror.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • In the place where she was going, it was not these things that mattered but something else, for which -she had no name, only a cold intimation, something that she could not alter in any degree, and that she had never thought of.
    James Baldwin  --  Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • This was my first intimation that something had gone seriously wrong.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • All these sounds, intimating the disorderly state of the town, crowded with military nobles and their dissolute attendants, gave Gurth some uneasiness.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Catherine uttered no intimation that she measured the influence of her words; and he presently went on, "You have not changed—the years have passed happily for you."
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • Tell me why it is that even when we are enjoying music, for instance, or a fine evening, or a conversation with sympathetic people, it all seems an intimation of some measureless happiness existing apart somewhere rather than actual happiness—such, I mean, as we ourselves are in possession of?
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • …In the First Part of this history we left the valiant Biscayan and the renowned Don Quixote with drawn swords uplifted, ready to deliver two such furious slashing blows that if they had fallen full and fair they would at least have split and cleft them asunder from top to toe and laid them open like a pomegranate; and at this so critical point the delightful history came to a stop and stood cut short without any intimation from the author where what was missing was to be found.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • The first intimation she had had in four years that her nephew was still alive was the afternoon when Wash Jones, riding Sutpen’s remaining mule, stopped in front of the house and began to shout her name.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • "How are you feeling, Mr. McLean?" he asked seriously in a voice that contained no threat, no intimation of cruelty.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • The chiefs heard this opening explanation with grave decorum, the two who had a little knowledge of English intimating their satisfaction with the interpreter by furtive but significant glances of the eyes.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • The tone in which the professor alluded to the pure and lovely daughter of Rappaccini was a torture to his soul; and yet the intimation of a view of her character opposite to his own, gave instantaneous distinctness to a thousand dim suspicions, which now grinned at him like so many demons.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini’s Daughter
  • All the exploits of this lady of fame, in her depredations upon mankind, stand as so many warnings to honest people to beware of them, intimating to them by what methods innocent people are drawn in, plundered and robbed, and by consequence how to avoid them.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
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