Posted by Pamela on May 23, 2007
In Reply to: A nod's as good as a wink posted by Smokey Stover on May 22, 2007
: : : I found this phrase in the archives, but do not clearly understand the meaning and the use. Is it used ironically, that is "no sense to waste so many words - a nod's as good as a wink to explain what you wished to convey"? Any other?
: : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nudge_Nudge
: : and if a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video...
: : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVJOP1RdHC4
: From The Free Dictionary:
: A nod's as good as a wink. (British & Australian, humorous)
: something that you say when you have understood what was meant by something although it was not expressed in a direct way. "I know when I'm not wanted, so don't try to say anything more - a nod's as good as a wink."
: Don't use this on Americans. Even if they understand it, they will regard it as an incomprehensible Briticism. However, you'll see it every now and then in British writing.
In Australia if someone gave you a hint of some sort and you said "a nod's as good as a wink" then it simply means "I can take a hint". There is no irony involved. I did notice that there is a longer phrase that's sometimes used - "a nod's as good as a wink to a blind man" (or blind horse), which imples that both the nod and the wink are useless in communicating anything. A bit of a puzzle there ... Pamela