- 1Close and open one eye quickly, typically to indicate that something is a joke or a secret or as a signal of affection or greeting: he winked at Nicole as he passedMore example sentences
- The smiley icon appeared momentarily, one of the eyes closing quickly as it winked.
- Before I could signal my incredulity he winked and nodded at a diagram pinned to the wall.
- He glanced at Dallas and winked as Calida opened the gate and walked over.
- 1.1 (wink at) Pretend not to notice (something bad or illegal): the authorities winked at their illegal tradeMore example sentences
- We wink at all this, and yet like to pretend that we are respectable.
- If the individual does not speak out against untouchability, it means he is winking at its practice.
- From time they were boys, others have fawned over them, winked at their flaws, excused their peccadilloes.
- 2(Of a bright object or a light) shine or flash intermittently: the diamond on her finger winked in the moonlightMore example sentences
- At night, ropes of tiny white lights wink among the vines.
- I can still see him, just, brake lights winking as he catches up with a line of cars ahead.
- Later that evening, as the sun sets and lights wink on in the surrounding hills, I set out to visit the city's most popular bar.
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- An act of winking: Barney gave him a knowing winkMore example sentences
- ‘Good enough to eat,’ he added with a wink and in a manner that can only be described as sarcastic.
- Pretty rude, I think, so to clarify my intent I give a cheeky wink and nodding-back-a-pint gesture.
- There are no winks or hidden gestures in the music.
as easy as winking
- • informal Very easy or easily.More example sentences
- Henry had always made friends as easy as winking.
- So users should find it as easy as winking to get at the information they need, when they need it and in the form they need.
- Staying here is a journey into a bygone era, when life moved at a gentle pace and communion with the self was as easy as winking.
in the wink of an eye (or in a wink)
- Very quickly.More example sentences
very soon/quickly, in a second, in a minute, in a moment, in a trice, in a flash, in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, in (less than) no time, in no time at all, before you know it, in a very short time; North American momentarily• informal in a jiffy, in two shakes (of a lamb's tail), before you can say Jack Robinson, in a sec, in the blink of an eye, in a blink, before you can say knifeBritish • informal in a tick, in two ticks, in a moNorth American • informal in a snap
- She's a master of surprise, able in the wink of an eye to transport the reader from tranquil normality to stark terror.
- The listing was withdrawn but I would have purchased it in a wink.
- Being a Newcastle fan I know first hand Kieron's strengths and weaknesses, I know that he has bags of pace, can skin players in the wink of an eye, can create and score goals.
not sleep (or get) a wink (or not get a wink of sleep)
- Not sleep at all.More example sentences
- The afternoon before the game, I was so nervous that I did not get a wink of sleep - it is the first time that has happened in my whole career.
- I watched the door all night and did not sleep a wink.
- So restless that she could not sleep a wink and therefore had left her cozy bedroom.
Old English wincian 'close the eyes', of Germanic origin; related to German winken 'to wave', also to wince1.