Definition of get the nod in English:

get the nod

phrase

  • 1Be selected or approved:

    ‘I think Hooper will get the nod as he's been playing really well recently’
    • ‘Abbott filed for Food & Drug Administration approval in April and is hoping to get the nod in the first quarter of 2003.’
    • ‘Crunch time will come for the selectors on September 27, when they decide who gets the nod for subsequent World Cup shows.’
    • ‘It's science fact - futuristic ideas, conceived by imaginative young men, whose crazy-sounding schemes have got the nod from the scientists.’
    • ‘Not only was he voted biggest movie star, he got the nod as the most irritating film star of the last 16 years, too, for his breathtaking displays of irregular behaviour over the course of last year.’
    • ‘In fact, it even got the nod as the speculative selection in the first edition of our value newsletter.’
    • ‘Last year the calculator almost denied Shanahoe a place in the championship semi-final, but by a percentage point they got the nod.’
    • ‘If Mary gets the nod from the Irish selectors it will be her first Senior international and a wonderful achievement for this young athlete.’
    • ‘Glasgow got the nod over Edinburgh as Scotland's standard-bearer, but events industry insiders and business leaders are already voicing fears, even before the planned feasibility study gets under way.’
    • ‘Not the case, however, the selectors stayed loyal, and Kennedy gets the nod.’
    • ‘As reported by the Press, Brough got the nod from rugby league writers following his starring role in the 58-16 win at Dewsbury a fortnight ago.’
    be selected, be chosen, be picked, make the grade
    be capped
    get a guernsey
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  • 2Receive a signal or information:

    ‘I got the nod that the government were looking for ex-army officers to form a new force’
    • ‘As the game progressed I was itching to get a run and with eight minutes to go, I got the nod to enter the fray.’
    • ‘Michael Lawlor only got the nod that he was starting minutes before the game as players were put under pressure to perform.’