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allude
used in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

7 uses
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Definition
to make an indirect reference
  • He mumbled a few words, but I could only catch some allusion to a rat.
    Adventure IV — The Boscombe Valley Mystery (28% in)
allusion = indirect reference

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
  • In each case, not only are the 'e's' slurred and the 'r's' tailless, but you will observe, if you care to use my magnifying lens, that the fourteen other characteristics to which I have alluded are there as well."
    Adventure III — A Case of Identity (79% in)
  • Hence those vows of fidelity exacted upon a Testament, and hence also the allusions to a possibility of something happening on the very morning of the wedding.
    Adventure III — A Case of Identity (89% in)
  • You allude to my attempt to recover the Irene Adler papers, to the singular case of Miss Mary Sutherland, and to the adventure of the man with the twisted lip.
    Adventure VII — The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle (5% in)
  • Ah, and what did you gather from this allusion to a band—a speckled band?
    Adventure VIII — The Adventure of the Speckled Band (33% in)
  • ...the ideas of whistles at night, the presence of a band of gipsies who are on intimate terms with this old doctor, the fact that we have every reason to believe that the doctor has an interest in preventing his stepdaughter's marriage, the dying allusion to a band, and, finally, the fact that Miss Helen Stoner heard a metallic clang, which might have been caused by one of those metal bars that secured the shutters falling back into its place, I think that there is good ground to think...
    Adventure VIII — The Adventure of the Speckled Band (42% in)
  • When he told us of a man in a pew, of the change in the bride's manner, of so transparent a device for obtaining a note as the dropping of a bouquet, of her resort to her confidential maid, and of her very significant allusion to claim-jumping—which in miners' parlance means taking possession of that which another person has a prior claim to—the whole situation became absolutely clear.
    Adventure X — The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor (95% in)

There are no more uses of "allude" in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

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