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give (someone) a nudge

To give someone a mild or gentle reminder, directive, or word of encouragement. If your friends haven't already donated to our charity, give them a nudge this year to help in the fight against poverty. John is a good student, but sometimes I need to give him a little nudge to do his homework.
See also: give, nudge

nudge nudge (wink wink)

spoken A phrase spoken after a statement which emphasizes or points out a euphemistic underlying meaning or innuendo. To be honest, we didn't see many sights on our vacation. We spent most of the time in bed, though there wasn't much sleeping, nudge nudge, wink wink!
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wink wink (nudge nudge)

spoken A phrase spoken after a statement which emphasizes or points out a euphemistic underlying meaning or innuendo. To be honest, we didn't see many sights on our vacation. We spent most of the time in bed, though there wasn't much sleeping, wink wink, nudge nudge!
See also: wink

nudge (someone) into (doing) (something)

To gently coax, persuade, or convince someone into some situation or to do something. I had never really intended to get married, but my girlfriend really wanted to and eventually nudged me into the decision. You have to nudge people into making changes in their lifestyle; they really don't like being pressured or guilted into it.
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nudge (someone or something) (somewhere)

To gently push someone or something into a place, area, or position. I could tell John was nervous about being at a party with people he didn't know, so I nudged him into the room. Would you mind nudging the table out of the way a little?
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nudge someone or something aside

to push or bump someone or something out of the way. We nudged the old man aside and went on ahead. She nudged aside the cat to make room on the sofa.
See also: aside, nudge

a nudge and a wink

You say a nudge and a wink to mean a way of talking about a rude or unpleasant subject in an indirect way. We still find it difficult to talk about these private matters openly, resorting instead to a nudge and a wink. Note: This expression is very variable. I'm tired of all the nods, all the nudges and the winks. No one is actually brave enough to say it directly to my face. Note: You sometimes hear people say nudge-nudge, wink-wink before a noun, with the same meaning. There have been a number of nudge-nudge, wink-wink rumours in the tabloid newspapers, suggesting the Minister was having an affair. Note: This expression became popular as a result of the 1970s British TV comedy series `Monty Python's Flying Circus'. One of the characters in a sketch made suggestive remarks and followed them by saying `nudge-nudge, wink-wink, say no more'. People sometimes nudge each other or wink at each other as a way of hinting at something.
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a nudge and a wink

encouragement given secretly or implicitly; covert support.
Both a nudge and a wink are covert signs of complicity, with wink also having the implication of ‘shutting your eyes’ to something.
1998 Times There was a nudge and a wink at some mercenary help that in the end proved unnecessary.
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nudge nudge (wink wink)

used to draw attention to an innuendo, especially a sexual one, in the previous statement. informal
This expression is a catchphrase from Monty Python's Flying Circus, a British television comedy programme.
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ˌnudge ˈnudge, ˌwink ˈwink

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a ˌnudge and a ˈwink

used to suggest something to do with sex without actually saying it: They’ve been spending a lot of time together, nudge nudge, wink wink.
See also: nudge, wink

nudge

and noodge (nʊdʒ)
1. n. someone who nags. Sally can be such a nudge!
2. in. to nag. Don’t noodge all the time.
3. tv. to nag someone. Stop nudging me about that.
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And female left-handers are around 30% more likely to have nudged another car than female right-handers.
He then watched carefully to see which ones his flesh-eating pal nudged.
Local dealers have been nudged aside, but if they do not wish to get nudged aside, things will become very violent and very bloody.
In a recent article in Harper's Bazaar, Bret Easton Ellis looked back on his original American Psycho experience and revealed that the novel was his response to the stranglehold that political correctness had on late-'80s culture, which "may have nudged me into exploring the repressed, darker side of Patrick Bateman to an even more gruesome degree than I initially thought when I began the book.
Hallmark nudged one such vice president of a Fortune 100 company.
Future nudges should account not only for how the scarce cognitive resources of the public might be nudged in helpful ways, but also for how nudges can be expected to interact with one another.
However, by growing potatoes for his own consumption and feigning to protect his crop from theft, he successfully generated covetousness in his subjects and nudged them into producing and consuming spuds for themselves.
Early in the season it was LaBarbera who seemed to have nudged ahead of Garon in the eyes of Kings coach Andy Murray, but after LaBarbera missed some time to address a family issue Garon nudged ahead with his solid play.
IT was the most incredible "birdie" ever played when a crow nudged a golf ball 30ft into the hole.
In his recent A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, a collection of magazine articles written between '92 and '96 and revised for the book, we witness Wallace's protracted struggle to shed the glib, ironic armor of his early fiction by declaring his willingness "to risk the yawn, the rolled eyes, the cool smile, the nudged ribs .
in all of these examples, people can be nudged into changing their eating or drinking behaviors through a simple change of the environment.
Conversely, the more transparent the nudge--the clearer it is to the nudgees that they are being nudged in a direction they either are indifferent toward or actively do not want to go--the more likely they are to opt out.
On Avenue R, the car was traveling about 35 mph when the CHP cruiser nudged it again and stopped it, a CHP report said.
But instead of nudging Swedes to this option, the government nudged them toward making their own choice from the hundreds of competing funds.
Watching ``Phenomenon'' - a film in which John Travolta plays a feather-brained mechanic who becomes a genius and psychic because of a brain tumor - Vellutini nudged the friend sitting next to her as Travolta gazed upward into a grove of trees during a key scene.