tip someone the wink

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.
See also: tip, wink

tip someone the wink

give someone private information; secretly warn someone of something. British informal
See also: tip, wink