Definition 1) Inkle refers to abridging the rules of certain card games like Euchre and 500. The Strict rules call for you to make a numeric bid of how many "tricks" you will take in a certain suit if it is made trump. The high bidders suit choice becomes trump. The high bidder can gain the most points, but their are huge penalties for not making your "bid". There is a minimum bid that varies from game to game. In a strict appliance of the rules, the only way you can communicate to your partner what suit you are strong in is by bidding. How ever in polite circles the rules are relaxed in that if you are unsure you can make the minimum bid, you can "inkle" your strongest suit to your partner. Google "rules of card game 500"
Definition 2) In general - hint at your position on any issue or idea without providing details, often the hint is attempted to be clandestine.
During a game of 500, Jane inkled hearts to her partner.
During the meeting, John inkled to his partner that he did not like the proposal by discreetly kicking his partner in shin under the table.
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