give the nod to

give the nod to

To indicate someone or something as one's choice or show one's approval of someone or something. I gave the nod to Amanda because she is the most qualified candidate. Mom gave the nod to pizza for dinner!
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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!