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nudge

verb uk   /nʌdʒ/ us  
[T] to push something or someone gently, especially to push someone with your elbow (= the middle part of your arm where it bends) to attract the person's attention: The children were giggling and nudging each other. He nudged the cat off the sofa so that he could sit down. [I + adv/prep, T] to move slowly and almost reach a higher point or level: Oil prices continue to nudge higher. Peter must be nudging 40 now.

nudge

noun [C] uk   /nʌdʒ/ us  
the act of nudging someone or something: I gave him a nudge to wake him up.
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