to not have a clue

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - not have a clue

"to not have a clue"

to have no knowledge or information about


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - not have a clue

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Who is that in talking with the boss?

Colleague 2:  I don't have a clue. Could be anybody.

Colleague 1:  Well, it isn't anyone from the office.

Colleague 2:  Again. I have no idea who that is and I don't really care.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - not have a clue

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Have you filled in your tax forms this year?

Friend 2:  Yes. I have even filed them.

Friend 1:  Did you understand the new line item 237? It was something about claiming employment expenses.

Friend 2:  Sorry. I wouldn't have a clue. I use a handy piece of software to do my taxes and it just asks me all the relevant questions and I just enter the answers. I really do not know anything about taxes.

to not have a clue - Usage:


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to not have a clue - Gerund Form:

Not having a clue what was going on, he simply walked right into the middle of a bank robbery.

to not have a clue - Examples:

1)  Congress, media, academia, and policy forums, still do not have a clue about what is happening before their eyes.

2)  Certainly, I did not have a clue about the African-American participation in the space programme.

3)  I think if we ask members of the public, they will not have a clue how many councillors are on their council now.

4)  Even those who do not have a clue about the game start posing as experts and senselessly criticise the players without ever analyzing ...

5)  I also can not defend his non-action because I do not have a clue why he refused to act.

6)  If the government did not have a clue that the money had not been paid, they would not have started paying us ...

7)  Police did not have a clue who the murder victim was when the teenager's dismembered body was found, ...

8)  ... still do not know the extent of the disaster. We do not have a clue. We are waiting to see whether we can bring this under control.

9)  ... in a meeting and after five minutes I realised my players did not have a clue what I was talking about so I had to start new.

10)  We are in 'deer-in-the-headlights' mode, candidly. We do not have a clue what's happening.

11)  The world is in revolt. We do not have a clue about the depth of distemper that has occasioned this revolt.

12)  ... they have become completely out of touch with our society and do not have a clue how to address the real (and literally burning issues) in our society.

13)  The outspoken anti-Brexit campaigner said most of the British cabinet did not have a clue what Brexit would look like, ...

14)  People are starting to mock them because they clearly do not have a clue on how to fix the (even bigger) problem they've created.

15)  Currently, scientists do not have a clue as to how the cell could have originated without having been created by a designer ...

16)  ... of the lack of funding because the powers that be do not have a clue what the under-served are going through in our communities.

17)  ... the concept has to be derived by them as the client may not have a clue about lighting. 

18)  He does not have a clue how much money he can claim from his insurance.

19)  ... ways to hide his addiction from them. Even his parents did not have a clue that he used to go back home drunk.

20)  ... to young people, particularly girls, is they are fortunate to not have a clue how difficult it used to be for a woman to have a career.