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1‘he winked an eye at his companion’
blink, flutter, bat
technical nictate, nictitate
2‘the diamond on her finger winked in the moonlight’
sparkle, twinkle, flash, flicker, glitter, gleam, shimmer, shine
1‘he noticed a wink of light in the west’
glimmer, glimmering, gleam, glint, flash, flicker, twinkle, sparkle
‘the authorities winked at their illegal trade’
turn a blind eye to, close one's eyes to, shut one's eyes to, ignore, overlook, disregard, pretend not to notice
look the other way
connive at, condone, tolerate
very quickly, very soon, in a second, in a minute, in a moment, in a trice, in a flash, in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, in no time, in less than no time, in no time at all, before you know it, in a very short time
in a jiffy, in two shakes, in two shakes of a lamb's tail, before you can say Jack Robinson, in a sec, in the blink of an eye, in a blink, before you can say knife
in a tick, in two ticks, in a mo
in a snap
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