give someone the nod

Definition of give someone the nod

:to give someone approval
  • She finally gave us the nod on the plans.

Word by Word Definitions

give play
  1. : to make a present of

  2. : to grant or bestow by formal action

  3. : to accord or yield to another

  1. : capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain : flexibility

  2. : the ability of a material to bend or stretch

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

nod play
  1. : to make a quick downward motion of the head whether deliberately (as in expressing assent or salutation) or involuntarily (as from drowsiness)

  2. : to incline or sway from the vertical as though ready to fall

  3. : to bend or sway the upper part gently downward or forward : bob gently

  1. : the act or an instance of nodding

  2. : an indication especially of approval or recognition


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