give (someone or something) the nod(redirected from gave one the nod)
give (someone or something) the nod
To indicate someone or something as one's choice or show one's approval of someone or something. I gave Amanda the nod because she is the most qualified candidate.
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give the nodINFORMAL
COMMON If someone gives you the nod or gives the nod, they give you permission to do something. Keep him outside till I give you the nod. Then bring him in. The committee will probably give the nod to the idea of a Community-wide strategy for economic growth. Note: You can also say that you get the nod from someone. We'll hold off interviewing Hythe any further until we get the nod from you. Note: You can also say that you are waiting for the nod from someone, meaning that you are waiting for them to give you permission. We're waiting for the nod from the Secretary-General.
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give somebody the ˈnod(informal) give somebody permission to do something; tell somebody that you are willing or ready for something to happen: Just give me the nod when you’ve decided, and I’ll make all the necessary arrangements.
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give someone the nod
1. tv. to signal someone by nodding. (Not slang.) I gave Pete the nod, and he started the procedure.
2. tv. to choose someone. (see also get the nod.) The committee gave Frank the nod for the job.
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