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he had no inkling what was about to happen
  a slight indication, suggestion, or understanding
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inkling inklings
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  • he had no inkling what was about to happen
  • Can you give me an inkling of how much this will cost?
  • One began to get an inkling of what law was about only when the time came to practice it.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • It isn’t until later that night that Connor gets an inkling of how much Lev has truly changed.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind

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  • I can tell you of the waves and water, but you don’t begin to get an inkling of its size until you stand on the shore.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Not even an inkling.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • One of Ronnie’s biggest problems when he was younger was that he snorted and smoked so much candy he couldn’t think straight, so Gus told him if he got so much as an inkling that Ronnie was using, he’d be gone.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Their first inkling came when her father phoned and asked if they had any idea of Amy’s whereabouts.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • He wondered if the Army had had an inkling of that, and whether that was the reason he’d been sent out here solo.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • But there was one matter of which I had no inkling.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • If he had any inkling of such a thing, I wouldna have lived to be seventeen, let alone achieve the ripe old age of three-and-twenty.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • He had a distant inkling that he would regret this.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Although I don’t know the details, I have an inkling about what may have sparked the confrontation with Julian.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • She was my first inkling that women over forty—women maybe not all that great-looking to start with—could be sexy.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • If so, Pari had an inkling she’d done so more as a jealous lover than a protective mother.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • You had no inkling such creatures existed before?
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • It was also the first inkling we had of the rise from the ashes of Osama bin Laden’s followers.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • They must have had at least an inkling of what would await them at the square, because you can see them trying to act evasively.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • When Liesel arrived in Molching, she had at least some inkling that she was being saved, but that was not a comfort.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • "I mean, don’t you have any inkling of the reasons for all this?" asked Ford.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • As much as she held me in contempt, she may never have had any real inkling of my true helplessness.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • At first I knew not what to make of this; but soon an inkling of the truth occurred to me.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • As for me, I began to have an inkling.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • And nobody had an inkling about — about the other things, so you mustn’t worry.’
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • It was plain that Hermione didn’t have the faintest inkling that she had visitors, and that they might just as well tell her bedside cabinet not to worry for all the good it would do.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Jurgis wondered who had first thought of it; and when he was told that it was a common thing for men to do in America, he got the first inkling of a meaning in the phrase "a free country."
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • They had no inkling of such a patience.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • His wife had some inkling of his plans; but she had such a fear of her husband—a fear founded upon brutal ill-treatment—that she dare not write to warn the man whom she knew to be in danger.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • All men, however highly educated, retain some superstitious inklings.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • If Tim had any inkling of the effect Savannah had on me or that I’d be visiting again the next day, he gave no indication.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • Dear mama, there, as soon as she got an inkling of the business, found out that it was of an immoral tendency.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Harry saw Yaxley’s head turn, saw an inkling of truth dawn on that brutish face.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • He spoke very slowly, the way people often speak to not-very-bright children and foreigners, although I’m positive that Mr. Armistead had no inkling that the Two Two family came from any farther away than the Cherokee Nation.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • Put the case that he took her in, and that he kept down the old, wild, violent nature whenever he saw an inkling of its breaking out, by asserting his power over her in the old way.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Long ago I had a vague inkling of a machine—’
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • It is a hopeless quest, the more hopeless because you have no inkling of what an impossible task you have chosen to undertake.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • But what else could I do? I sat there for several minutes with my head bowed before the inkling of a good idea came to me.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • NUMBER 9,430 REAPPEARS, AND COSETTE WINS IT IN THE LOTTERY 296 in that neighborhood, of which the law had gathered an inkling.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • INDEED, WITH LITTLE idea of how it would all turn out and no inkling of the coming political storm around refugee resettlement in Clarkston, Luma was directing her life wholeheartedly toward the refugee community there.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • She only had an inkling of the goddess’s powers, but the thought that there was something more powerful than her was terrifying.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • And you need not exult over him, good brother of the Southern States; for we have some inklings that many of you, under similar circumstances, would not do much better.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • All he knew was that he was not the only person in the room who had an inkling of what Lord Voldemort being back might mean.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Now he is setting up for being advanced, not that he has an inkling of anything, but, of course, I encourage him.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Now her mother seemed to know the truth, or to have some inkling of it.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Do we have a choice?Eragon remembered that Arya had asked the same question yesterday, and he began to have an inkling of what she had meant: the queen left no room to maneuver.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Ugh! I don’t think He has the least inkling of that high and austere mystery to which we rise in the Miserific Vision.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • Do you have even the first inkling of how much the Guild charges for military transport?
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • And recall how during his journey he was stopped by the strange figure of a man whose pitted features revealed no inkling of whether he was black or white . Some say he was a Greek.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • I felt the first inkling of a thing that presently grew quite clear in my mind, that oppressed me for many days, a sense of dethronement, a persuasion that I was no longer a master, but an animal among the animals, under the Martian heel.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Marguerite Blakeney was in her most brilliant mood, and surely not a soul in that crowded supper-room had even an inkling of the terrible struggle which was raging within her heart.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
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