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A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse. Whether you nod or whether you wink, if a horse is blind he knows it not; and a person who will not see takes no notice of hints and signs. The common use of the phrase, however, is the contrary meaning, viz. “I twig your meaning, though you speak darkly of what you purpose; but mum’s the word.”

“A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse; and there are certain understandings, in public as well as in private life, which it is better for all parties not to put into writing.”—The Nineteenth Century (July, 1893, p. 6).

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Noah’s Wife [Noraida]
Noakes (John) or John o Noakes
Nob (The)
Nob of the First Water (A)
Nobs and Snobs
Noble Soul
Noblesse Oblige (French)
Noctes Ambrosianæ
Noctuas Athenas Ferre
Nod (The Land of)
Nolens Volens
Noli me Tangere
Nolle Prosequi [Dont prosecute]
Nolo Episcopari. [I am unwilling to accept the office of bishop.]

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