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an indirect reference; a hint; a reference to something supposed to be known, but not explicitly mentioned

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  • [i]readers may note in this title an allusion to “thinking about thinking,” the title of richards j. heuer’s first chapter in psychology of intelligence analysis (washington, dc: center for the study of intelligence, 1999). it is meant as a small tribute to what continues to be an essential work in the literature of professional intelligence analysis. cia.gov

  • the term law merchant was applied to the substantive principles that eventually emerged from this quasi-judicial activity. the law merchant developed later in england than in continental europe, and it was not fully established there until the mid-16th cent., when english trade with the new world began to assume importance. in england the law was administered by special courts having jurisdiction only over those engaged in trade; these were the courts of piepoudre [fr., pied poudré=dusty foot, an allusion to the dusty shoes of merchant judges who perhaps had been trudging the roads]. factmonster.com

  • dr. deering: it could be phrased just in a way to let the agencies who might read this know that there is no intention of scripting in great detail what their required actions are going to be but that they will play a role in creating the final, maybe just a vague allusion to that kind of process. hhs.gov

  • st. john the evangelist is represented writing his gospel; or bearing a chalice, from which a serpent issues, in allusion to his driving the poison from a cup presented to him to drink. he is sometimes represented in a cauldron of boiling oil, in allusion to the tradition of his being plunged into such a cauldron before his banishment to the isle of patmos. infoplease.com

  • the surgical treatment of ischemic heart failure trial or stich is being described as courage for surgeons, an allusion to the courage trial that compared optimal therapy to stenting for patients with stable coronary disease. but that may be a bit of a stretch -- stich will report results of medical therapy with or without coronary artery bypass graft surgery in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy. medpagetoday.com