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on (one's) tod
Without or not near to anyone else; on one's own; all alone. A shortening of the Cockney rhyming slang "on one's Tod Sloan," referring to a once-famous American horse jockey who fell into disrepute in the early 20th century and died penniless and alone. Primarily heard in UK. To be quite honest, after a hectic week of work, I much prefer having a drink on my tod than being around a bunch of people. Mary's been on her tod ever since Rupert broke up with her last week.
on your todBRITISH, INFORMAL
If you are on your tod, you are alone. The main restaurant's OK. I use it every so often when I'm on my tod. Note: You can also say that someone does something on their tod. Oliver knows I'll never find it on my tod. Note: This expression comes from Cockney rhyming slang `on your Tod Sloan' meaning `on your own'. Tod Sloan was a famous American jockey at the beginning of the 20th century.
on your todon your own; alone. British informal
In rhyming slang, on your Tod Sloan means ‘on your own’. The Tod Sloan in question was a famous American jockey who made his name in horse racing in the 1890s.