winkle-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: Gleam or glow, emit or reflect light in a flickering pattern.

The lights winkled in the window.
Stars winkle over our heads.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2

Sense Number 2: Remove from a position.

Commentary: Includes: WINKLE OUT

They winkled out the unqualified candidates.
Don't let them winkle you out.
We were winkled from the workplace by our officemates.

VerbNet: remove-10.1
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: winkle.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3
WordNet Verb Particle Constructions, Multiword Expressions:
winkle_out 1, 2