winkle

[wing-kuhl] British.
noun
1.
any of various marine gastropods; periwinkle.
verb (used with object), winkled, winkling.
2.
Informal. to pry (something) out of a place, as winkle meat is dug out of its shell with a pin (usually followed by out ).

Origin:
1575–85; short for periwinkle

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winkle (ˈwɪŋkəl)
 
n
1.  See periwinkle
 
vb
2.  informal chiefly (Brit) (tr; usually foll by out, out of, etc) to extract or prise out
 
[C16: shortened from periwinkle1]

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winkle
edible mollusk, 1585, shortening of periwinkle (2).
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Example sentences
Barnacles and oysters have started to settle on them, and crab and winkle trails crisscross the sediment.
Winkle appealed again, arguing the sentence was an improper indeterminate sentence.
Winkle is actually a swamp folk and a relation of tony by ancestors.
Winkle and his daughter wendy were coughing because they lacked immunity.
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