Definition of a word to the wise in English:

a word to the wise

phrase

  • A hint or brief explanation given, that being all that is required.

    ‘typical restraints range from regulations to the occasional word to the wise’
    • ‘Just a word to the wise: Yesterday security at the DNC was confiscating umbrellas, and any bottles of water.’
    • ‘Concerns about reliability and validity creep in, and I offer a word to the wise to take their results with a grain of salt.’
    • ‘Finally, a word to the wise: When you display your fabulous portraits, put them out of range of those who will not be able to refrain from touching the works of art.’
    • ‘For anyone with a vision of flocks of sheep being replaced by flocks of tourists, I have a word to the wise.’
    • ‘But just a word to the wise, official traffic cop cars parked on the grassy knoll just of Thorburn Road give the game away.’
    • ‘Here's a word to the wise: it beats an annual return of 5% APR on your cash, and is a sexier investment to boot.’
    • ‘Here's a word to the wise: if you treat your customers like an enemy long enough, that's exactly what they'll become.’
    • ‘Here's a word to the wise from someone who's experiencing late motherhood herself.’
    • ‘Concerned at the use of speed by young people, they created a radio campaign with the singer offering a word to the wise.’
    • ‘But before you run out to the video store and whip out your rental card, a word to the wise.’