tip (one) the wink

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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.
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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.
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tip someone the wink

give someone private information; secretly warn someone of something. British informal
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tip somebody the ˈwink

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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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References in classic literature ?
Wading birds, which frequent the muddy edges of ponds, if suddenly flushed, would be the most likely to have muddy feet.
Bird life was abundant, especially the wading birds, stork, heron, and ibis gathering in little groups, blue, scarlet, and white, upon every log which jutted from the bank, while beneath us the crystal water was alive with fish of every shape and color.
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.