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in the wink of an eye

So quickly as to seem almost imperceptible (i.e., in the space of time it takes a person to wink). And in the wink of an eye, the home team has taken total control of this match. Working on Wall Street, you get used to massive financial changes happening in the wink of an eye.
See also: eye, of, wink

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!
See also: nudge

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

not get a wink of sleep

To not get any sleep. Our newborn son is rather colicky, so my wife and I haven't gotten a wink of sleep the last few nights.
See also: get, not, of, sleep, wink

twenty winks

A very brief nap or a short sleep. When you have a baby for the first time, you are suddenly forced to learn how to operate on only twenty winks at a time. I'm going to go grab a quick twenty winks before everyone starts arriving for the dinner party.
See also: twenty, wink

a nod is as good as a wink

A small sign is enough to a person who is ready to act. I'm prepared to start on this project once you all are ready, so a nod is as good as wink to get me going.
See also: good, nod, wink

nod's as good as a wink

An acknowledgement of the true but hidden meaning of an expression or statement. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Even though you said otherwise, I know you really have no interest in going out tonight—a nod's as good as a wink.
See also: good, wink

catch forty winks

To sleep for a short time; to take a nap. Dad's upstairs catching forty winks before dinner.
See also: catch, forty, wink

forty winks

A nap or a brief sleep. When you have a baby for the first time, you are suddenly forced to learn how to operate on only forty winks at a time. I'm going to go grab a quick forty winks before everyone starts arriving for the dinner party.
See also: forty, wink

in the twinkling of an eye

Immediately; very quickly; at once. Just call us on this number if you have any problems, and we'll be back in the twinkling of an eye. Don't worry, boss, I'll have this report typed up in the twinkling of an eye!
See also: eye, of

not sleep a wink

To not get any sleep. Our newborn son is rather colicky, so my wife and I haven't slept a wink the last few nights. I absolutely cannot stand the sight of shellfish. Just being near it is enough to make me gag!
See also: not, sleep, wink

(as) quick as a wink

Incredibly quickly or speedily. Did you see that martial arts master? His threw those kicks as quick as a wink! Quick as a wink, Mary finished her exam and raced out of the classroom.
See also: quick, wink

tip (one) the wink

dated To furtively provide one with a helpful piece of information; to give one a secret tip. Tip me the wink if you see the teacher coming! Hugh said the jockey tipped him the wink about the outcome of the race, but I don't buy it.
See also: tip, wink

catch forty winks

 and take forty winks; have forty winks
Fig. to take a nap; to get some sleep. I'll just catch forty winks before getting ready for the party. I think I'll go to bed and take forty winks. See you in the morning.
See also: catch, forty, wink

forty winks

Fig. a nap; some sleep. I could use forty winks before I have to get to work. I need forty winks before I get started again.
See also: forty, wink

in the twinkling of an eye

 and in the wink of an eye
Fig. very quickly. In the twinkling of an eye, the deer had disappeared into the forest. I gave Bill ten dollars and, in the twinkling of an eye, he spent it.
See also: eye, of

nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse

Prov. You cannot get people to take a hint if they are determined not to. Jill: I keep hinting to the boss that I deserve a raise, but he doesn't seem to get the point. Jane: I'm not surprised. A nod's as good as a wink to a blind horse.
See also: blind, good, horse, nod, wink

not sleep a wink

not to sleep at all. I couldn't sleep a wink last night. Ann hasn't been able to sleep a wink for a week.
See also: not, sleep, wink

*quick as a wink

 and *quick as a flash; *quick as (greased) lightning; *swift as lightning
very quickly. (*Also: as ~.) As quick as a wink, the thief took the lady's purse. I'll finish this work quick as a flash. Quick as greased lightning, the thief stole my wallet.
See also: quick, wink

wink at someone

to close one eye at a person as a sign of friendliness or flirtation. She winked at him and he was shocked. I hope she winks at me again.
See also: wink

wink at something

to pretend not to see something; to condone something wrong. (See also blink at something {2}.) The police officer winked at my failure to make a complete stop. I cannot wink at blatant infractions of the law!
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wink something away

to blink the eyes to try to clear them of tears, dirt, etc. He looked up at me and tried to wink away his tears, but he was just too upset. Jane winked away her tears.
See also: away, wink

forty winks

A brief nap, as in There's just time for forty winks before we have to leave. This expression supposedly was first recorded in 1828 and relies on wink in the sense of "sleep," a usage dating from the 14th century.
See also: forty, wink

in the twinkling of an eye

In an instant, as in The breakup of Yugoslavia created many warring nations in the twinkling of an eye. This hyperbolic expression, which alludes to the very brief time it takes for an eye to blink, is heard less often today. [c. 1300]
See also: eye, of

quick as a wink

Also, quick as a bunny or a flash . Very speedily, as in He was out of here quick as a wink, or She answered, quick as a bunny. These similes have largely replaced the earlier quick as lightning, although quick as a flash no doubt alludes to it (also see like greased lightning), and quick as thought, now obsolete. The bunny variant dates from the mid-1800s, the others from the late 1800s.
See also: quick, wink

sleep a wink, not

Not sleep at all, as in I couldn't sleep a wink last night. This expression, in which wink alludes to closing the eyes for sleep, was first recorded about 1325.
See also: not, sleep

wink at

Deliberately overlook, pretend not to see, as in Sometimes it's wise to wink at a friend's shortcomings. This idiom, first recorded in 1537, uses wink in the sense of "close one's eyes."
See also: wink

a nod and a wink

BRITISH
If someone gives you a nod and a wink, they communicate something to you by saying it indirectly or by giving you a signal. Planners were today accused of giving `a nod and a wink' to a controversial school building project in the county. A nod and a wink from the chairman is all it takes to move share prices up or down. Note: Sometimes the expression nod and wink is used before a noun. There has been so-called `nod and wink' diplomacy on the sidelines. Note: These expressions are usually used to show disapproval, often because something illegal or dishonest is happening.
See also: and, nod, wink

a nod's as good as a wink

BRITISH, HUMOROUS
If you say a nod's as good as a wink, you mean that it is not necessary to explain something further, because you understand what someone has indirectly suggested to you. Say no more. A nod's as good as a wink. Note: This comes from the saying `a nod's as good as a wink to a blind horse', which suggests that both the nod and the wink are equally useless, as the horse would not be able to see either.
See also: good, wink

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

not sleep a wink

If you do not sleep a wink, you do not sleep at all although you try hard to. This was my first Grand Prix win of the season and I was so excited I couldn't sleep a wink that night. Note: You can also say that you do not get a wink of sleep with the same meaning. The hotel was so noisy, I didn't get a wink of sleep.
See also: not, sleep, wink

tip someone the wink

BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
If you tip someone the wink, you secretly give them information that helps them. As a developer, he established relationships with estate agents who would tip him the wink ahead of private buyers when desirable properties came up for sale.
See also: tip, wink

forty winks

OLD-FASHIONED, INFORMAL
If you have forty winks, you have a short sleep. He always has forty winks after supper.
See also: forty, wink

wink at

v.
1. To close and open the eyelid of one eye deliberately in order to convey a message, signal, or suggestion to someone: I knew she liked me when she winked at me.
2. To pretend not to see something; ignore something: The monarchy winked at corruption in the ministry.
See also: wink

wink out

v.
To become quickly extinguished, especially following a weak burst of activity: The candle flickered and winked out. The street lamps winked out one by one.
See also: out, wink

forty winks

n. a nap; sleep. (Usually with a quantifier. Either forty or some, a few, a bunch of, etc.) I could use forty winks before I have to get to work.
See also: forty, wink

a wink of sleep

n. a bit of sleep; the smallest amount of sleep. (Usually in the negative.) I couldn’t get a wink of sleep because of the noise.
See also: of, sleep, wink

winks

n. some sleep. (see also forty winks.) I gotta have some winks. I’m pooped.
See also: wink
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