give (someone or something) the nod

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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 someone the nod

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give the nod

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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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And just because UEFA's rare seam of sentimentality helped give us the nod, it doesn't mean we have to get all misty–eyed.
"We still have to get better year on year to hit our own goals for London but we're confident that we're heading in the right direction and FIBA will give us the nod at the appropriate time."
"It would be great if they give us the nod because if you look at our roster, you see that could potentially have two NBA All-Stars (Deng and Gordon), and another NBA player in myself," the Houston Rockets man said.
Hopefully that will give us the nod when it comes to trying to sign some players.
'If some of them go somewhere we don't expect, like a bit of woodland where we don't normally look, Bet would pick up the noise they are making well before us and she would give us the nod that we have not done our job properly.
"We have made it clear to Coventry that we are interested in taking him on loan and we are waiting for them to give us the nod," said Robins' boss Wilson.
Leaving behind proper training facilities to nurture future generation's of Scottish players will be the legacy of Euro 2008 if we can convince UEFA to give us the nod.
"Hopefully if we get a few more good results the chairman will give us the nod to carry on until the end of the season.