Tip one the wink

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Tip one the wink to wink as a caution, or in mutual understanding
    • Tip one the wink to wink to one as a sign of caution, or of mutual understanding, &c
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wincian (Ger. winken); akin to A.S. wancol, wavering.

Usage

In literature:

One would think we had tipped the wink.
"The Three Musketeers" by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
And if he says one word except what I told him he might say, tip me the wink at once.
"Told in the East" by Talbot Mundy
When we meet, I will, in her presence, tipping thee a wink, show thee the motion, for it was a very pretty one.
"Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
We were assembled at supper one evening when I noticed certain winks and silent hints tipped to the cook, who presided.
"White Jacket" by Herman Melville
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In news:

The relationship between exercise and sleep is a confusing one, so, WINK News fitness expert Mike Drumm stopped by wuth some tips.
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