[Music] Hello and welcome to The Everyday Language Podcast, I’m Mark. Today’s idiom is “not have a clue”.
This idiom means to be completely unable to guess, understand or deal with something. So we use this idiom “not have a clue” when we have absolutely no knowledge or absolutely no know-how about how to do something.
For example, if a police officer asks you if you know anything about a series of thefts that have happened in your town, and you know nothing. You could say, “I’m sorry officer, I don’t have a clue about the thefts”.
Or say you’re at home, and a doughnut has mysteriously gone missing from the kitchen. Your brother comes into the kitchen and asks you, “Do you know who ate the doughnut? That was my doughnut.”
But despite knowing who ate the doughnut, as it was you that ate the doughnut, you just deny it, and say, “Sorry bro, I haven’t got a clue.”
This idiom is also used when people argue. For example, if you are disappointed in someone’s lack of knowledge, you could say, “You haven’t got a clue!”
And similarly, a teacher at school can express frustration with the performance of his class by saying, “They haven’t got a clue!”
However, this is quite a strong expression, so you should be careful when you say it, as you can hurt someone’s feelings if you tell them that they “haven’t got a clue”.
Okay, that’s it for today’s idiom. Please check out the everyday language.net website where you can see a full transcript of this episode.
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