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tip (one) the wink
dated To furtively provide one with a helpful piece of information; to give one a secret tip. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. 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.
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.
tip someone the wink give someone private information; secretly warn someone of something. British informal
tip somebody the ˈwink,
tip the ˈwink to somebody (British English, informal) give somebody secret information that they can use to gain an advantage for themselves: ‘How did you know the job was available?’ ‘A friend tipped me the wink and so I telephoned immediately.’
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Eight were spent at the Telegraph where, for the first and thus far only time in his journalistic career, he was able to ring the office and bellow: "Hold the front page!" That treasured Deadline Midnight moment came in 1993 when Bobby Gould terminated his second stint as Sky Blues boss and - having informed chairman Bryan Richardson of his decision in a public convenience at Loftus Road - sought out our then reporter to tip him the wink
because he wanted to make sure that the story was right when his mum read it in that night's Pink.