Where did the Expression “Has No Clue” Originate and What Does it Mean?

The original spelling of clue was C-L-E-W, and its forgotten meaning is a “ball of yam or string.”

A clew of string was unraveled as a guide out after entering an unfamiliar maze or a cave.

If you became lost, all you had to do was follow the string back to the point of origin.

In the modern clich√©, if someone “doesn’t have a clue,” he is in the dark with no idea how to get out of his dilemma.

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