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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


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


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, it can be programmed to nudge you at your preferred times of taking breaks and standing up from your desk.
Nudge explores the relationship between decision process design (choice architecture) and decision making and suggests that conscious choices about choice architecture can improve decision making.
Few books on policy create as large a splash as Nudge did, and it's no surprise.
The novel idea, elucidated in Cass Sunstein's and Richard Thaler's book Nudge, is that skilfully controlling the way alternatives are presented to us can "nudge" us toward making the choices that our own "better selves" would make.
Sometimes the jiggling is strong enough to nudge the ball from one well to the other, but this process occurs randomly.
We used this cost information to nudge customers to buy more energy efficient products.
Even more importantly, for a single mom-as I was one when I experienced all the trials shared-and God Himself was my husband, and His gentle nudges got me through them all.
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In a speech to be delivered today at the British Science Festival, Lord Krebs said: "Can we tackle these with nudges alone?
In the film, Phillipe nudges Belle, who turns around and hugs him as the two cavort in the snow.
The ball won't roll off the saddle's raised front or back, but continual adjustments--in the case of the ribbon, a steady train of small magnetic nudges -- are needed to kick it back into position as it begins rolling off at the sides.
But trouble with its booster rocket left it in too low an orbit, which required nearly three months of gradual nudges to correct.