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tip someone the wink

Definition of tip someone the wink in English:

British informal Give someone private information.
Example sentences
  • ‘So even though the Foreign Office will tell you, ‘Oh, we have condemned torture in Uzbekistan’, it doesn't mean anything, because by accepting the intelligence you are tipping them the wink to carry on.’
  • Keep tipping me the wink and all will go swimmingly.
  • In the old days the uncertainty provided a lucrative source of supplemental income for town-hall bureaucrats who would tip you the wink for a little discreet baksheesh.
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