Phrases with "winked"

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman The committee all knew how Luella didn’t do much of the work herself, but they winked at it. Luella Miller by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

D. H. Lawrence Arthur, who had seated himself at the farthest extremity of the room, winked with wild bliss at Aaron. The Major tried to look as if he noticed nothing, and only succeeded in looking agonised. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

When she was not looking we grinned and winked at one another, and whispered bawdy jokes, just to show that we did not care; but it stuck in our throats a little. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

F. Scott Fitzgerald Glancing sideways at her, Lillian winked at Josephine without batting an eye, but Josephine had gone into a reverie. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Henry Handel Richardson And now, to her great surprise, this girl winked at her, winked slowly and deliberately with the right eye. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Benjamin Disraeli The Prince, who longed to be with Beckendorff alone, winked approbation of his intention. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Presently, on our eyes meeting, he winked like a common mortal and invited me to follow his example. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

William Makepeace Thackeray A little red mounted up to his yellow cheeks as he drank the wine, and he winked at it in a strange manner. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

George Meredith The man had one eyebrow and his lips at one corner screwed in a queer lift: he winked slowly. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Keeping your spirits up, I see,” and Harry winked at the decanters. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry Handel Richardson Two winked at each other when they thought he wasn’t looking — made eyes like Cook and Eliza used to do. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

But now” (he winked a second time) “put your axe behind your back,23 the gamekeeper is abroad. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

Wilkie Collins He winked his brown eye, took up his pen, and wrote the answer. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Gertrude Stein He winked in answer and drove off. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Some one makes him welcome, depend on’t,’ and he winked to himself. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

He caught Dorothy’s eye and winked at her once again before being led away. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Sinclair Lewis He winked at Paul and drew from his back pocket a plug of chewing-tobacco, a vulgarism forbidden in the Babbitt home. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

A piece of dried fish now and then—what? That’s coming down pretty low for a man who turned up his nose at my table d’hote!” He winked with immense malice. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

About two minutes passed, and then he winked up at Guildford, who was standing over him. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Edgar Allan Poe Then he winked with the right eye. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

F. Scott Fitzgerald She sniffed at the tugboats and turtle-gaited ferries, winked at a gaudy young yacht, and ordered a cattle-boat out of her way with a snarling whistle of steam. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Anthony Trollope When a friend, intending to be kind, hinted the latter circumstance to Lady Linlithgow, the countess blinked and winked and nodded, and then swore that she had procured medical advice on the subject. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins He chuckled and winked at her once more. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

John Galsworthy There was plenty of noise, rumorous, and strident now and again, but it didn’t seem to belong to the faces — didn’t seem to suit them any more than it suited the stars that winked and waited. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Then the sky was green, and the first star winked at a silver moon half full. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Mrs. Gaskell Miss Matty would even beckon Martha out of the kitchen while he ate his food: and once, to my knowledge, winked at its rapid disappearance into a blue cotton pocket-handkerchief. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

D.H. Lawrence In the doorway Maria was encouraging him rather jeeringly, whilst she winked at me. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Arnold Bennett Jimmie winked to Johnnie, and included Edwin in the fellowship of the wink, which meant that Tom was more comic than Tom thought, with his locked bookcases and his simple vanities of a collector. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

George Meredith Shall I?” Mr. Pole winked shrewdly. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Charles Dickens He winked too, and though it could not be doubted for a moment that he winked to himself, still he certainly cocked his enormous eye towards the gallery where the listener was concealed. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

E. Phillips Oppenheim France has built twice her allotted number of submarines, and, to be frank, we’ve winked at it. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Wilkie Collins He winked at me as he put it to his lips. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Thomas Hardy She underwent her twelvemonth, and had worn a martyr’s countenance ever since, except at times of meeting the constable who apprehended her, when she winked her eye. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Kenneth Grahame As he approached, the dragon lifted one large eyelid, winked solemnly, and collapsed again. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Rudyard Kipling He winked at me over the breech-block as he settled himself, with the air of a man who has to go through tricks for the benefit of children. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Arnold Bennett Hilda rang the bell, and as she did so Johnnie Orgreave winked dangerously at Edwin, who with sternness responded. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

You understand?” And when Tom winked his eye, Mr. Worley smiled back with manifest amusement, as if they mutually were in possession of some very good joke. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Julian Hawthorne It curled and twisted about his respectable visage, until I could almost have believed that he winked one eye and moved his ancient lips as if to speak. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

Charles Dickens Mr. Pumblechook winked assent; from which I at once inferred that he had never seen Miss Havisham, for she was nothing of the kind. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Anthony Trollope But Dr Crofts had so winked his eye, that he was not in the least aware whether he had winged his bird or no. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassan After greeting us they asked for Saint Blanc. Matthew winked at us as he replied: “I will get him for you. Father Matthew by Guy de Maupassan

It was a blue eye, and, as I looked, it winked at me. “Divus” Johnston by John Buchan

Charles Dickens Her eyes were so red with waking and crying, that the Tragic Muse might have winked with greater consistency. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Ford Madox Ford Budapest. Not half! He winked like a nightmare. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Henry Handel Richardson Instead of this, however, he turned, winked at his audience, and began a slow, melancholy ditty, with a recurring refrain. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

D. H. Lawrence Then he winked at me and came in. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

This was not so much expressly allowed as winked at. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Have winked the naughty eye,” and it was signed this time ‘St. Augustine.’ “Oh, how thrilling!” enunciated Miss Brimstone, powdering the perspiration from her nose. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Henry Lawson Dave winked at her once or twice as she handed his cup, but it wasn’t no go. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

He winked at the superintendent. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Radclyffe Hall Milly winked at Cassy as she went into Harriet’s bedroom. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

On the shore the foam-froth bubbled and winked and glimmered in the moonlight. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

I had a present made me of it,” said Planchet; and, as he pronounced these words, he winked his eye with a cunning expression, which thoroughly awakened D’Artagnan’s attention. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

First he looked at the clothes, with his head on one side, and then he looked at the friar and slowly winked one eye. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Well, it’s been a great occasion, Mrs. Munger.” He winked at the hostess. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

James Joyce He winked at Stephen and, replacing the dish-cover, began to eat again. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

E. F. Benson To-day, is it?” The Contessa quite distinctly winked behind her eyeglass, which she had put up to look at Diva, who whirled by on the other side of the street. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

D. H. Lawrence They winked and leered, giving suggestion of the many things that had been left out of the great concept of the church. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins Slowness of perception was not on the list of the failings of Bishopriggs. He took up a tumbler, winked with his one available eye, and led the way to the rivulet. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Just behind them a man in a striped blue suit, walking slue-footed in white-spatted feet, grinned at the sight and catching Anthony’s eye, winked through the glass. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

This lady was one of those modern inventions known as a frisky matron, and said and did all manner of dreadful things, which people winked at because — she was Mrs Meddlechip, and eccentric. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

H. G. Wells Had this stranger, as he passed, winked ever so faintly at him? Gemini discovered himself as a slightly indignant neglected mental case. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Miles Franklin He gurgled and chuckled and winked at me until I did not know which way to look. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Algernon Blackwood The hotel lights winked and went out. The Glamour of the Snow by Algernon Blackwood

Something winked on the floor half way between her and the boom; something tiny and bright. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

H. G. Wells I caught Filby’s eye over the shoulder of the Medical Man, and he winked at me solemnly. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

H. G. Wells The young lieutenant winked when he said that. The Land Ironclads by H. G. Wells [1903]

Charles Dickens Miggs was back in her room, and had her head out of the window, before an elderly gentleman could have winked and recovered from it. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

R. D. Blackmore At these the yellow cat winked with dreamy joyfulness, well aware how fat they would be when they came to tumble out. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

James Joyce And far on Kish bank the anchored lightship twinkled, winked at Mr Bloom. Life those chaps out there must have, stuck in the same spot. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

D. H. Lawrence But my fat neighbour winked at me, not to take offence. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Arthur Morrison From the darkening sky the evening star winked through the smoke from a factory chimney. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Charles Dickens And whenever he winked his eyes, showers of blue sparks came out, and his eyelashes made a clattering like flints and steels striking lights. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

I’ve a line of squash as would keep ’em busy all the evening — specially,” and he winked knowingly at me, “if a pinch or two of good salt was put in with it to bring out the flavor. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Wilkie Collins I looked — winkednodded — left her. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

George Meredith Up-up-up? You may get too high, eh?—Gallery?” and Mr. Pole winked knowingly and laughed. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Rudyard Kipling Dan winked through the sawdust that fell on his upturned face. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Shrapnell grinned and winked expressively, and confidentially whispered, “Jolly old fellow he is — no one minds the Admiral; we let him talk. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

They crossed the road, slipped Pennyfields, and came to the house set with its back to the corner whose single window had winked at the Croucher a few minutes past. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu This man, whose name was Paul Davies, winked hard with his left eye, as he got on, and read fiercely with his right. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Kenneth Grahame Then, as he looked, it winked at him, and so declared itself to be an eye; and a small face began gradually to grow up round it, like a frame round a picture. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

He winked violently at Larose to emphasize his statements and the latter would have dearly loved to slap his face for his coarseness. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

And one fine morning my young lady runs off and gets married on the quiet; so I suspect there was a good deal of shamming about the illness — and those old fogies, the doctors, winked at it. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Anthony Trollope And when he suggested in a whisper that perhaps the circumstance need not be mentioned to Mrs. Masters, Nickem winked again and put his fore-finger to the side of his big carbuncled nose. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Edith winked at her brother to show that all questions as to the tender subject should be postponed for the moment. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Virginia Woolf Lights winked on ladies’ arms as they turned; ripples of light flashed, stopped, and then flashed the opposite way as they turned their heads. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Sinclair Lewis Have you got any nice roast elephant ears?” Tub winked at Sam, tremendously. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Thomas Hardy Only just now two undergraduates winked at me as I came along. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Virginia Woolf He was saying, “You remember that farm on the right as you go up to Stapleys? and the pretty girl?”— he winked —“worse luck, she’s married to a keeper. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

She winked and nodded to me with a ghastly significance, and whispered — “Don’t make no noise, miss, till he talks; he’ll come to for a bit, anon. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Lewis Carroll But never a word he said: The eldest Oyster winked his eye, And shook his heavy head — Meaning to say he did not choose To leave the oyster-bed. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Richard Hakluy The Gouernour winked at it, because the Indians were in peace, and because it was very hot, and the people should haue suffered great extremities, if it had not bin so. Virginia Richly Valued by Richard Hakluy

Anthony Trollope I and Jack Adamson and another,’— as he alluded to the ‘other’ he winked — ‘we believed in Polyeuka; we did. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Sowerby had come with him, and was standing a little in the background, from which position he winked occasionally at the parson over the minister’s shoulder. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Nathaniel Hawthorne But, finding David asleep by the spring, one of the rogues whispered to his fellow: “Hist! Do you see that bundle under his head?” The other villain nodded, winked and leered. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Sinclair Lewis They winked at each other, and the baby went to sleep with its head against Olivia’s arm. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

A man in the body of the court on my left had an enormous swelling, blood-red, and looking as if a touch must burst it, under his chin; at one time he winked his eyes furiously for a long time on end. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Say thank you, Albert.” “Thank you, Miss Pym,” Albert said dutifully; and then, catching her eye, winked at her. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Stone winked at Larose. “You’re a nice prize-packet,” he whispered, and then he buttoned up his coat tightly and pretended to look alarmed. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

His mouth framed the words, “in love,” and then he winked again. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

George Meredith Signorina, let Italy rise first; the great inventor of the dish winked and nodded temperately. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

But now the law, which had winked at Rohan, began to act against Voltaire. The police were instructed to arrest him so soon as he should show any sign of an intention to break the peace. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Anthony Trollope Crocker winked at Mrs. Demijohn, and thrust his hands into his pockets as much as to say that he could get the better of the Quaker altogether if he chose to exercise his powers of wit and argument. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

And rising slantwise from the gray tweed of his coat was a little silver thing that winked wickedly in the baleful light. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Guy de Maupassant Two knives were lying side by side, and the shrewd gendarme winked at his superior officer. The Rabbit (Le Lapin) by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

When at her worst that winter, one afternoon, when Madame Lorilleux and Madame Lerat had met at her bedside, mother Coupeau winked her eye as a signal to them to lean over her. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

H. G. Wells But a queer street-corner trading in food and so forth is winked at in Petersburg, and quite openly practised in Moscow, because only by permitting this can the peasants be induced to bring in food. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

Some of the stars winked rapidly and vanished. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Masters was, at the moment, locking his own desk, when Nickem winked at him to stay. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Kenneth Grahame Rows of spotless plates winked from the shelves of the dresser at the far end of the room, and from the rafters overhead hung hams, bundles of dried herbs, nets of onions, and baskets of eggs. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Rudyard Kipling Then the Indian Government winked a wicked wink, Said to Chunder Mookerjee: “Stick to pen and ink. Departmental Ditties and other verses by Rudyard Kipling [1886]

Jack London It was the first time he had ever winked at me. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Charles Kingsley And what wonder? What wonder if, amid a world of courtesans, the nun was worshipped? At least God allowed it; and will man be wiser than God? “The times of that ignorance He winked at. The Poetry of Sacred and Legendary Art by Charles Kingsley

Virginia Woolf A breeze rose; a shiver ran through the leaves; and thus stirred they lost their brown density and became grey or white as the tree shifted its mass, winked and lost its domed uniformity. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Thomas Hardy He winked to her, and passed up his basin in reply to her nod; when she took a bottle from under the table, slily measured out a quantity of its contents, and tipped the same into the man’s furmity. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Wilkie Collins I winked to show I meant that in joke. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Willa Cather He winked at her from the door before he shut it. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

H. G. Wells Thirp listened to anything he could catch and Rud winked at him suddenly. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Rudyard Kipling He looked the picture av innocince an’ forlornsomeness, an’ by this an’ that his big hairy undherlip was thremblin’, an’ he winked his eyes together to kape from cryin’. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Then David winked at him with simple cunning, took out his knife, undid his shirt, and began to cut the threads which bound the Cash to his flannel. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

I winked at one of them as I went past and got a not unfriendly grin; he recognized me, of course. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Willa Cather When Carl Linstrum came over in the afternoon, Alexandra winked to him and pointed toward the barn. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Rudyard Kipling He put his head on one side, winked and said:—“How disgusting! Shocking old man! with his religious training, too! I should send the watch to the Colonel’s Wife and ask for explanations. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

George Meredith His wreck, animated by the dim strange fish below, appeared fairer; it winked lurefully when abandoned. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Shooting and fishing — alligators and crocodiles,”— he winked his eye, “and beautiful young black gins. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

The thought brought sudden tears to Janet’s eyes, which she winked back angrily. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

He spat on the coins and then winked jovially at Larose, who continued. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Edith Wharton The melon-houses winked at me through the dark — I remember thinking that they knew what I wanted to know. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Charles Dickens Sometimes, it flashed and beamed as if it were the eye of the old room: it winked too, sometimes, like a knowing patriarch, upon the youthful whisperers in corners. The Battle of Life by Charles Dickens [1846]

The attendant of the day before, who was carrying some jugs of tisane along the corridor, winked his eye as he met her, by way of being amiable. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Being brandied by a good-natured French sailor, he winked his eye; being brandied greatly, he staggered up and butted his benefactor like a man. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Willa Cather The room steward was just coming out, and he winked at me. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Anthony Trollope Miss Thorne winked and nodded and whispered, saying that it was the proper thing and must be done, and that she knew all about it; and so she desired Mrs. Bold to drink it up and not mind anybody. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

D’ye see — hey?’ And Wylder winked and grinned, with a wag of his head. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Coupeau winked at him in vain; he affected not to wish to take advantage of his great influence over the landlord. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

D. H. Lawrence And do you know her, Baxter?” “Just a bit, like!” He winked at the other men. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling We passed the sentry between white enamelled walls of speckless small arms, and since that Royal Marine Light infantryman was visibly suffocating from curiosity, I winked at him. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Arnold Bennett And Charlie winked grimly at Edwin, who grimly smiled. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Wilkie Collins Mr. Dark winked at me again, and made her a low bow. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Young Boulton asked him to, just in fun, and, to our amazement, after a moment’s hesitation, he winked and answered —‘I’ll see. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Arthur Morrison But then, as to taking my name, won’t you run serious risk?” Dorrington winked merrily. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Calvin winked at Tod, slowly and elaborately, contorting one whole side of his face. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Anton Chekhov He nudged the assistant’s elbow, winked at him, and said in a low voice: “If you would just cup her, Maxim Nikolaitch.” “I have no time, I have no time, my good fellow. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

Thomas Wolfe Randy saw them and, still grinning, he winked at George and prodded him in the ribs. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

W. H. Hudson His horse-stealing propensities were ineradicable, and had to be winked at on account of his usefulness; so that he was left in a great measure to his own devices. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

Benjamin Disraeli He winked familiarly to Temple Grace, but scarcely presumed to bow to the Duke. He was very busy about the wine, and dressed the wild fowl in a manner quite unparalleled. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Guy de Maupassan Then Matthew winked his eye knowingly. Father Matthew by Guy de Maupassan

We’re the brains of the Yard, my lad,”— he winked his eye and spoke very loudly —“or rather I am. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

I used to be shy when some of these people winked at me as they saluted. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

Henry Kingsley So she soon appeared with a bottle of Madeira, which was of such quality that the Major, having tasted it, winked at the prize-fighter, and the latter laughed, and rubbed his hands. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

He winked and nodded in the direction of the back room. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Well, where is that diary, now?” Stone winked at Carter. “A dreamer, Elias,” he whispered, “and he works in a different way to you and me. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Robert Louis Stevenson Wild was the night; the charging rack Had forced the moon upon her back; The wind piped up a naval ditty; And the lamps winked through all the city. Moral Emblems by Robert Louis Stevenson

John Galsworthy Peaceful — and to think —! Moisture blurred the river out; he winked it away. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Nay, more, he winked and thrust his hand into the heap of leaves he sat on (Gerard grasped his axe ready to brain him) and produced a leathern bottle holding full two gallons. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

William Makepeace Thackeray Those darling alligators on their rock winked at us in the most friendly way. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Wilkie Collins Mr. Bishopriggs winked at Arnold with his one available eye, and laid his forefinger knowingly along his enormous nose. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Walter Besant He clapped his hands; he nodded his head; he slapped his legs: he winked and grinned; he smacked his lips; he evinced every sign of the most unbounded delight. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

And he shook his fist at the black clouds behind which his baleful star winked its unseen eye. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

H. G. Wells No doubt they winked and chuckled over their rare wines, amidst their dazzling, wickedly dressed women, and plotted further grinding for the faces of the poor. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Thomas Hardy Beyond all this winked a few bleared lamplights through the beating drops — lights that denoted the situation of the county-town from which he had appeared to come. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

He, therefore, winked at the bailiffs to have patience, and not to irritate the youth, while he also endeavoured to soothe him with fair words. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Henry Lawson And that night, just as we were about to fall asleep, a round, good-humoured face loomed over the edge of the shelf above and a small, twinkling, grey eye winked at us. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Married lady, you know;’ and he winked one of his twinkling eyes knowingly. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

When he had finished, he winked at Miss Lonely-hearts and said, “Here’s to humanity. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

Thomas Hardy They winked their yellow eyes at him dubiously, and as if, though they had been awaiting him all these years in disappointment at his tarrying, they did not much want him now. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

I’m Fergus O’Shane, of this firm, and”— he winked slyly —“am not too fussy about asking questions with people I feel I can trust. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Anthony Trollope Shall I hold your horse for you? Oh what a very pretty horse!’ and he turned his head and winked funnily at his brothers. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

He winked ponderously and began again. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Anthony Trollope He winked at her as he continued to speak. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Rudyard Kipling I winked with vigour to show that I appreciated Life and was a real chippy, and that upon me, too, there were no flies. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

I was staring hard at him, when happening to look up, he caught my eye and then with just a barely-perceptible nod towards Dayus, winked knowingly. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Flurry Knox put up an eyebrow and winked at me; Mr. Shute’s groom turned away for very shame. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

Thomas Hardy The crimson maltster winked to the Spark at hearing the nature of the apology, and the surgeon began. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Wilkie Collins He chuckled, winked at me, and, taking another pinch of snuff, said he would now turn the whole case over in his mind again, and make sure that he had got all the bearings of it quite clear. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Nancy caught Jim’s eye and winked at him humorously. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald