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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Gillingham have been a staple on our weekend coupons this season as soon as our Prestfield mole tipped us the wink that they were a team on the up.
Trainer Philip Hobbs tipped us the wink last week that his former useful handicap hurdler was a strong stable fancy.
Christine and Steve have tipped us the wink that the film - which many are touting as the next Full Monty (in terms of success rather than flesh-baring mind you) - should get an Easter release.
Thousands of punters saved their dosh on Lady Carla and how many other times has Mac tipped us the wink over racetrack rumours?
The four mile National Hunt Chase has long been an earner for us and two years ago Jonjo O'Neill and J P McManus tipped us the wink for Frontline, which duly obliged by 30 lengths.
Thank heavens for Mark Dwyer, who tipped us the wink for Northern Fusilier in the last race.