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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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While giving the nod to Wood, the trustees continue to pursue a lawsuit against the county executive for rejecting the previous hire.
"We are grateful to Celtic for giving the nod to this arrangement.
But many people worry that giving the nod to one drug may lead to other, more dangerous, narcotics also becoming acceptable in the eyes of the young and impressionable.
CAN YOU IMAGINE JESUS AT THE LAST SUPPER, Before he began praying over the bread and the wine, giving the nod to one of his apostles (James the Less, perhaps), who then proceeds to read from a printed scroll: "For Caesar and Pilate and all imperial officials, that they may rule with justice and truth, let us pray to the Lord." To which all the apostles would reply, "Lord, hear our prayer."