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A nod is as good as a wink

Posted by Mouth of Sauron on May 21, 2000

Since first hearing this expression on the PBS serial I,Claudius (Herod: "A nod is as good as a wink from that direction.") I've wondered what it meant. In this archive I found what must be the original expression: "A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse." But there was no listing for this in the glossary, so I still don't have the slightest idea what it means. Can anyone help?