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give somebody the nod

  (British & Australian informal)
to give someone permission to do something We're just waiting for the council to give us the nod then we'll start building. (British & Australian informal)
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But supporters' club chairman Ian Toal has urged Paphitis to give the nod to the former Wimbledon and Spurs boss the second time round.
However, in general, I'd say that anyone interested in an Internet organizer would be satisfied with either of these applications, but I'll give the nod to SurfSaver for its greater speed, simplicity, and convenience.
According to our understanding of the agreement under which Novell Inc sold Unix SVR4, SCO must give the nod to such an arrangement.
Villa boss Brian Little is set to give the nod to Tommy Johnson for today's game at home to West Ham - and then sell him back to Derby
However, if the Bruins split and there are less than six league teams with seven wins, the Hawaii Bowl would likely give the nod to a UCLA team over other six-win teams from the Pac-10, partly because of television ratings, sources said.
California voters did not give the nod to Ferial Masry in her bid to become the country's first Saudi-born lawmaker.