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Asked by: elgarcia-ga
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04 Mar 2005 15:30 PST
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Question ID: 484864
What does "A wink is as good as a nod to a blind man" mean?
Re: Literal Meaning
Answered By: rainbow-ga on 04 Mar 2005 16:42 PST
Hi elgarcia, Here are several ways of explaining the meaning of this saying: "A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse." - One futile gesture is equal to another futile gesture if the audience is unable (or, more interestingly, unwilling) to pay attention. The Phrase Finder http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/4/messages/1378.html "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. Bootleg Books: The First Hypertext Edition of The Dictionary of Phrase and Fable http://www.bootlegbooks.com/Reference/PhraseAndFable/data/893.html "A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse" means that whatever sort of hint one may give, whether a nod of agreement or a more secret wink of complicity, some people are unable to see it. Expressions & Sayings http://users.tinyonline.co.uk/gswithenbank/sayingsn.htm Search criteria: "a nod is as good as a wink" meaning "a nod is as good as a wink" definition I hope this is helpful. Best regards, Rainbow
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