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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.
See also: and, nudge, wink

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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These evidence-based methods have their efficiency gains for government as well: They could nudge citizens into complying with traffic rules and regulations, bring in much-needed cash flow by increasing on-time payments of taxes and utility bills, get people to save more for their pensions using default rules (rather than relying on people to opt-in to pension schemes), and encourage regular health checks with timely reminders via SMS.
The idea of nudge economics has been growing rapidly around the world since it first rose to prominence when academic Richard Thaler published his seminal work on the subject in 2008.
Obama and Cameron helped put nudge economics into mainstream policymaking -- in 2011, the Guardian newspaper described the U.
When paternalism is understood this way, nudges are paternalistic by definition.
Given that nudges are inherently paternalistic, someone hoping to follow a non-paternalist approach to policymaking might reasonably ask what alternatives are possible.
Nudge theorists argue that consumers often suffer from persistent self-control problems.
A nudge might be developed to counteract the automatic coupling, as by requiring people to order French fries separately, and at added cost.
There is little reason to suspect that nutritional nudges are immune to similar inadvertent effects on diet behaviors that at least partially overturn policy goals.
Another problem is that these nudges are often based on the conventional wisdom that obesity is linked to over-consumption of fast food, soft drinks, and candy as opposed to food generally.
A nationally representative survey in the United States finds evidence that, in important contexts in law and policy, a majority does prefer System 2 nudges.
The survey findings fit with an analysis of a basic principle, which suggests that on grounds of welfare and autonomy, the choice between the two kinds of nudges is not self-evident.
19) Similar arguments might inform the design of nudges to
literature on nudges is that they represent two of the rare major policy
NUDGES AND EXERCISE COMMITMENT CONTRACTS Suggested length Actual weeks of commitment of exercise (weeks) 8 3.
The duration nudge had no discernible effect on users' choice of exercise frequency or penalty level.