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(intr, preposition) to connive at; disregardthe authorities winked at corruption
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Words nearby wink at
wing-weary, wingy, win hands down, Winifred, wink, wink at, Winkelried, winker, winkle, winkle-pickers, winlestrae
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How to use wink at in a sentence
I casually looked round, and saw "White-hat" wink at-an officer, and point significantly to my handkerchief.
Other Idioms and Phrases with wink at
Deliberately overlook, pretend not to see, as in Sometimes it's wise to wink at a friend's shortcomings. This idiom, first recorded in 1537, uses wink in the sense of “close one's eyes.”
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