One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the pointer moved to ‘start engines’’
indicator, needle, arrow, hand
2‘the met officer used a pointer on the chart’
stick, rod, cane, pole, laser pointer, cursor
3‘the politicians' mood is a pointer to the outcome of the election’
indication, indicator, clue, hint, lead, sign, signal, evidence, symptom, implication, intimation, inkling, suggestion
4‘perhaps I can give a few pointers to anyone just starting up’
tip, hint, piece of advice, suggestion, guideline, recommendation, warning
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