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Wink, vb. 1) to shut the eyes or to have them shut so as not to see: “when her lips were ready for his pay, he --s and turns his lips another way,” Ven. 90.* “art thou ashamed to kiss? then w. again, and I will w.; so shall the day seem night,” Ven. 90 “his eyes begun to w., being blinded with a greater light,” Lucr. 375. “she dares not look, yet, --ing, there appears quick-shifting antics,” Lucr. 375 “moody Pluto --s while Orpheus plays,” Lucr. 375 “against my heart will fix a sharp knife, to affright mine eye, who, if it w., shall thereon fall and die,” Lucr. 375 when most I w. (i. e. in sleep) “then do mine eyes best see,” Sonn. 43, 1. 56, 6. Tp. II, 1, 216. Gent. I, 2, 139. V, 2, 14. Wiv. V, 5, 52. Err. III, 2, 58. LLL I, 1, 43. John II, 215 (your --ing gates, == shut). R2 IV, 284. H4B I, 3, 33. H5 II, 1, 8. III, 7, 153. V, 2, 327. V, 2, 327 H6B II, 1, 105. Rom. III, 2, 6. Hml. II, 2, 137 (if I had given my heart a --ing, i. e. if I had shut my eyes on purpose to see nothing. Qq working. cf. “to give a wink,” Wint. I, 2, 317). Oth. IV, 2, 77. Cymb. II, 3, 25. II, 4, 89. V, 4, 194. V, 4, 194
With at or upon == to seem not to see: “w. at me and say thou sawest me not,” Tim. III, 1, 47. “the eye w. at the hand,” Mcb. I, 4, 52. “upon a homely object love can w.” Gent. II, 4, 98. Hence to w. at == to connive at: “if little faults . . . shall not be --ed at,” H5 II, 2, 55. “w. at the Duke of Suffolk's insolence,” H6B II, 2, 70. “--ing at your discords,” Rom. V, 3, 294.
2) to shut the eyes involuntarily by way of relieving them, and hence to spend no more time than is necessary to shut them: “now here is three studied ere ye'll thrice w.” LLL I, 2, 54. “grew a twenty years removed thing while one would w.” Tw. V, 93. “I have not --ed since I saw these sights,” Wint. III, 3, 106.
3) to give a significant look: “and on the --ing of authority to understand a law,” John IV, 2, 211. “nor w., nor nod, nor kneel, nor make a sign,” Tit. III, 2, 43. With at or on: “w. each at other,” Mids. III, 2, 240. “you saw my master w. and laugh upon you,” Shr. IV, 4, 76. “I will w. on her to consent,” H5 V, 2, 333.
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