on the nod

on the nod

Agreed to with a general consensus, rather than a formal discussion. The national security funding bill was passed on a nod, with no real opposition.
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on the nod

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If a plan is accepted on the nod, it is accepted without being questioned or discussed. This legislation went through more or less on the nod, without discussion in parliament. The party cannot be seen to let the treaty through on the nod. Note: One explanation for this expression is that it comes from auctions, where bidders nod as a sign that they want to buy something.
See also: nod, on
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

on the nod

by general agreement and without discussion. British informal
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on the ˈnod

(British English, informal) (of a matter being discussed by a committee, etc.) agreed to by all the members of the group, so that a vote or further discussion is unnecessary: The decision to increase bus fares went through on the nod.
See also: nod, on
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