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a nudge 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 nudge 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 nudge and a wink. The governor wants to clamp down on the nudge-and-a-wink attitude of police officers who look the other way when drivers have a bit more to drink than they should have.
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.
1. noun Someone who is constantly or persistently pestering, badgering, or irritating someone, especially with complaints or criticisms. God, you've been such a nudge lately. You need to lighten up! He turned into a real nudge as we got closer to the deadline.
2. verb To complain or criticize in a constant, irritating manner. Instead of just nudging the whole time, why no actually try to help us get this done? If you're going to nudge the whole drive, I'll just turn this car around and take all of us home.
3. verb To pester, badger, or irritate someone constantly or persistently, especially with complaints or criticisms. I wish you would stop nudging me about the project—I already told you I had everything under control! I wish she wouldn't nudge me like that. I'll do the dishes in due time!
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?
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.
1. To move someone or something out of one's path with a gentle push or bump. I had to nudge people aside so we could reach the exit. Just nudge aside those boxes if you need more room.
2. To remove someone from a position of power or authority, especially subtle, conniving, or duplicitous means. After promoting my son-in-law to vice president of the company, I get the feeling that he's trying to nudge me aside completely. The board voted to discreetly nudge aside the CEO following his public breakdown.
nudge nudge (wink wink)
spoken A phrase spoken after a statement which indicates or emphasizes an underlying euphemistic 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!
1. To move in a vehicle, especially a car, slowly out of, into, or onto something. Now, drive the car carefully to the end of the driveway and nudge out onto the road.
2. To guide a vehicle slowly out of, into, or onto something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "nudge" and "out." She nudged the car out of the garage and waited for an opening in traffic. It's pretty cramped in here, so you'll want to nudge the boat out of the marina very carefully.
3. To push someone or something out (of something or some place) gently or incrementally. A noun or pronoun can be used between "nudge" and "out." A large group of tourists came into the bar and started nudging me out of my seat. I nudged the box out of the stack so as not to topple the whole thing.
4. To force someone or something gradually to leave (something or place) over time. A noun or pronoun can be used between "nudge" and "out." These giant retailers have been nudging out local businesses for the last few years. I get the feeling that the board of directors is trying to nudge me out of the company.
5. To overtake someone in a competition or leaderboard, especially by a narrow margin or degree. A noun or pronoun can be used between "nudge" and "out." The other sales team nudged us out of the lead by just a few percentage points. The newcomer managed to nudge out the reigning champion by just a few points at the end of the match.
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
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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.
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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.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
a nudge and a winkencouragement 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.
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 ˈwinkused to suggest something to do with sex without actually saying it: They’ve been spending a lot of time together, nudge nudge, wink wink.
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nudgeand 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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