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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Try your luck - if she likes the look of you she might tip you the wink.
More machines will mean less wages to pay, and fewer smiling and helpful staff (and 99% are smiling and helpful) who can tip you the wink about the special offer on bran flakes.
It's quite a bit of money when you don't know the names of the horses Paul Makin, owner of Starcraft, on how he made his money on the tote markets in Hong Kong and Japan using sophisticated multiple regression analysis programmes - which probably involves being hypnotised on a comfy sofa and having Anne Boleyn tip you the wink about the 7.
If you behave yourselves, Conrad might even tip you the wink on one over the bacon and eggs