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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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Confidence He talked up the attractions of a new challenge for the England captain, speaking with the supreme confidence of a man who is not just obscenely wealthy but might also have been tipped the wink that Terry is seriously interested.
Lambournbased racehorse syndicate manager Henry Ponsonby was tipped the wink two years ago that Royal Ascot would transfer to York, and immediately snapped up all 21 rooms at Hazelwood Castle, near Tadcaster, as a long-term investment.
From his many entries Pipe has tipped the wink that his best chances lie with Marcel (Supreme Novices Hurdle), Sixo (National Hunt Chase) and Tamarinbleu (County Hurdle).
However, Parkes is aware that Souness and the three coaching staff who have followed him to St James' Park might have tipped the wink to the Magpies' stand-in manager John Carver with some insights about Rovers.
On a visit to 42 Commando and the HMS Ocean Helicopter Carrier in Plymouth, Mr Jones denied he'd been tipped the wink before he took up the Bill put to him by the Shop Workers Union USDAW.
It was a catch up with an old mucker, Frank, who is part of a coffee club further up the road and tipped the wink about the new changes, although the switch in staff and the lunchtime card is as radical as Matteo is going for now.