in the Land of Nod

in the Land of Nod

Asleep. The phrase likely alludes to how one's head nods when one is falling asleep. I would have told you this last night, but you were already in the Land of Nod, and I didn't want to wake you.
See also: land, nod, of
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in the ˌland of ˈNod

(old-fashioned, humorous) asleep: Pete and Joe were still in the land of Nod, so I went out for a walk in the morning sunshine.This expression developed from the similarity between the verb ‘nod off’, meaning to fall asleep, and a place in the Bible called ‘the land of Nod’.
See also: land, nod, of
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