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Wink, Wynk, n. [ME and e.m.E wynke (Manning), wink (c1325).] a. A closing of the eyes in order to sleep. Chiefly in the phrase not (never) sleip a wink, not to sleep at all. b. The time taken to close and open the eyes, a moment; at (with) a wink, very quickly, in the time it takes to close and open the eyes. a. (1) He & his thar with thame abad, Till thai the seruice all had mad, That to sic deide men suld parteyne, Or ony wink come in thar eyne; Leg. S. xxvii 1204.
(2) This night I myght not sleip a wink; Dunb. (OUP) 115/14.
Neuer mair may scho sleip a wynk; Doug. iv x 15.
[He] Woik mony nycht and durst nocht sleip a wynk; Stewart 49175.
That nicht he sleipit neuer ane wink, Bot still did on the ladie think; Lynd. Meldrum 899.
b. How prompe and radie to do the king pleisour at a wink quhen he wald charge; Dalr. II 206/29.
Bright Apollo staineth euiry star With goldin rayis, vhen he begins to ryse … Quhen with a wink we wonder vhair they war; Montg. Sonn. xiii 4.

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