give somebody 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 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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