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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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Chaganty and co-writer Ohanian hardwire the plot with satisfying twists although they tip the wink too early to one potentially lucrative line of inquiry.
It had been staged, so the story went, as a funeral procession to tip the wink to loyal fans: John in white was the preacher, Ringo in black the mourner and George in denim was the grave-digger.
Unreliable narrators are far more tantalising on the page than the big screen, and there are a couple of pivotal moments in Taylor's film, which tip the wink too early to characters' dark, ulterior motives.
YOUNG John Francome puts up 3lb over at 10st 3lb on Pat Taylor's Tip The Wink in the Wills Hurdle, but the 7-4 fav is still too strong for Fred Rimell's Hill Top (K White) with Birds Nest, Maddenstown and Fighting Taffy all failing to make the frame.
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The newlywed's video camera captures this demonic intervention yet the couple don't review the footage or screen the video for relatives, which would tip the wink about the conception from hell.