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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.
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.
tip someone the wink give someone private information; secretly warn someone of something. British informal
tip somebody the ˈwink,
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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Scott showed the way last year, no doubt tipping the wink
to his absent pal Geoff about the merits of Norman's design, and they can egg each other on to big things this week.
Also, of course, every sensible person knows that this is a fight - the war on tipping the wink
- that will never be won.
Here, it has always been more cloak and dagger, unnamed sources tipping the wink
with the drip-drip effect of leaks wearing down administrations.