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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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lThere is a 67-1 double in the first two races for Dessie Hughes as Mac's Chariot (Mick O'Toole) beats French Hollow (Tony/Michael Dickinson) in the champion novice hurdle, and Tip The Wink (Pat Taylor) lands the Arkle Chase.
STARRING: Julia Ormond, Bill Pullman, Kent Harper, Josh Strait, Pell James, Mac Miller, Ryan Simpkins, Hugh Dillon, Cheri Oteri, Kent Wolkowski, Michael Ironside, Gill Gayle, Charlie Newmark DIRECTOR: Jennifer Lynch CERTIFICATE: 18 RUNNING TIME: 97mins REVIEWER'S RATING: SHOWING: Cineworld, Showcase VERDICT: The fractured chronology successfully conceals Lynch and co-writer Harper's design but they tip the wink too early
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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With Lynsey Marshall as Jim's fiancee, Julia Davis as the company manager and Rosie Cavaliero as the star's dresser, even a hazy knowledge of the Scottish Play will tip the wink to what might lie ahead.
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.