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a nod and a wink

A sly, subtle signal used to communicate a piece of information that one doesn't want to state aloud, publicly, or directly. Sometimes hyphenated if used as a modifier before a noun. One clever little moment in the film is a nod and a wink to fans of the original books. Even though I didn't have a work permit, a lot of smaller business would still hire me with a nod and a wink. The governor wants to clamp down on the nod-and-a-wink attitude of police officers who look the other way when drivers have a bit more to drink than they should have.
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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.
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JOAN Burton's SlaveBridge cheap labour scheme might be gone but it gave a nod and a wink to the corporates that low pay, or even no pay, is OK.
Wellington, Dec 14 ( ANI ): Thanks to a nod and a wink from his employer, Northern Districts chief executive Peter Roach, New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi is off to Melbourne on December 28 to hang out with his idol Shane Warne, according to reports.
At a Wales Unite against Fascism rally at Cardiff's Transport House today, Mr Hain will say: "Ukip likes to paint itself as a credible third party, but can there be anything credible about a party which gives a nod and a wink to openly fascist and racist organisations?" Welsh Ukip MEP John Bufton said: "This is a ludicrous claim by Peter Hain.
This is not a tongue-in-cheek attempt at self-deprecation, rather a 'nod and a wink' to the venue of this event, Tuscany.
Max McElligott's debut may owe a nod and a wink to Bowie, and perhaps Eno too, but the album sparkles with symphonic song gems such as The King and All His Men and Planets that suggests that is no bad thing.
THE tram crash will be the most spectacular stunt ever staged on the show but it owes more than a nod and a wink to the past.
A NOD AND A WINK gets her career back on track at Wolverhampton today after more than two years on the sidelines, writes Jessica Lamb.
They should both be seen (nod and a wink) as part of the "salary package".
Get steamy this winter as fashion takes a nod and a wink back to the wartime forties.
During a news conference covering a range of border security initiatives, Chertoff said Customs and Border Protection will end the days of "waving people through [check-points] with a nod and a wink." However, the administration still has shown little commitment to changing the serious deficiencies on our borders.
The council has already issued a statement to that effect, but the bidder said it could not rely on "a nod and a wink".
Promotion boards have goals, not quotas (although, to be honest, those "goals" have sometimes become quotas with a nod and a wink).
The Queen dispensing with much of the traditional flummery on a State occasion is easily viewed as a Palace nod and a wink to a party losing its grip.
He told his Southwark Crown Court trial that he was acting on advice given with a "nod and a wink" by a fellow MP.
Also of appeal is the Richard Hannon-trained A Nod And A Wink, who is fancied to get off the mark at the ninth time of asking in the stanjamesuk.com Claiming Stakes.