a nod and a wink


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a nod and a wink

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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