nudges, nudging, nudged
1) VERB If you nudge someone, you push them gently, usually with your elbow, in order to draw their attention to something.

[V n] I nudged Stan and pointed again...

[V n] `Stop it,' he said, and nudged the boy lightly with his knee.

N-COUNT: usu sing
Nudge is also a noun.

She slipped her arm under his and gave him a nudge.

2) VERB If you nudge someone or something into a place or position, you gently push them there.

[V n prep/adv] Edna Swinson nudged him into the sitting room...

[V n prep/adv] The civil servant nudged him forward.

N-COUNT: usu sing
Nudge is also a noun.

McKinnon gave the wheel another slight nudge to starboard.

3) VERB If you nudge someone into doing something, you gently persuade them to do it.

[V n into -ing/n] Bit by bit Bob had nudged Fritz into selling his controlling interest...

[V n towards n] Foreigners must use their power not simply to punish the country but to nudge it towards greater tolerance...

[V n to-inf] British tour companies are nudging clients to travel further afield.

N-COUNT: usu sing
Nudge is also a noun.

I had a feeling that the challenge appealed to him. All he needed was a nudge.

4) VERB: usu cont If someone or something is nudging a particular amount, level, or state, they have almost reached it.

[V n] ...a little-known stage play writer and actress who was nudging 40 and going nowhere...

[V n] The temperature when we were there was nudging 80°F.

5) PHRASE: oft PHR n If you refer to a nudge and a wink or to nudge-nudge wink-wink, you mean that someone is referring to sex, especially immoral sex, in an indirect way. [mainly BRIT, JOURNALISM]

The article then listed a series of nudge-nudge, wink-wink rumors that have appeared in newspapers over the last two years.

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