One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural sodsthe sod
1The surface of the ground, with the grass growing on it; turf.‘underneath the sod was a layer of humus’
turf, greenery, greenView synonyms
- ‘Heavy grazing the previous fall is essential to weaken and open up the sod when tillage or chemical control of the sod are not used.’
- ‘Next, he removed the sod and soil and added a thin layer of gravel.’
- ‘Rake and mow the lawn if it needs it, and be sure to check for cranefly larvae under the sod if you noticed large mosquito-looking critters randomly flying about last fall.’
- ‘A dense sod of the drop-seed grass, Sporobolus flexuosus, characterizes this area.’
- ‘The seeds are also spread by way of composted manure, grass seed, sod, or hay, as well as by deer and other wildlife.’
- ‘Such are the quality of modern day pitches like Hyde Park, a couple of rain-free hours could help turn a water-logged sod into a playable surface.’
- ‘I chunked my stuff on the sod and lay down next to it.’
- ‘Put plastic runners on both sides of the trench to avoid damage to your lawn, one runner for the sod and the other runner for the dirt.’
- ‘The installation of the ProGrass playing surface begins with the removal of the natural grass and sod on the field.’
- ‘Fans are trying to pull down the goal posts or tear a piece of history from the Ohio Stadium sod, and cops are shooting pepper spray at anything that moves.’
- ‘Despite the horrific rain of the previous two days the Timahoe sod provided a perfect surface which contributed to make this game so enjoyable.’
- ‘If you choose to plant your crowns in your lawn, you'll have to remove the sod with a garden shovel.’
- ‘Isabella felt like a chunk of sod when an earthworm burrows into it.’
- ‘After removing the sod, till the area and break up the compacted soil.’
- ‘Removing the sod creates a recess in the soil, resulting in poor drainage.’
- ‘Remove existing lawn by slicing under the sod with a spade and cutting it into manageable pieces.’
- ‘Look for 1,480 trees, 87,000 shrubs and sod to cover the equivalent of seven football fields.’
- ‘The eggs are laid one or more inches below the soil surface in sod or patches of grassy weeds in cropland areas.’
- ‘Without the seasonal harvesting, plowing and planting, a mature sod of grasses and clovers would cover the earth and enable the soil to hold moisture better.’
- ‘Gravity, spatial distance, trees across the road and large rocks under the sod all tell me, in effect, that I cannot have what I want, or at least that I cannot have it without struggle or a lapse of time.’
- 1.1 A piece of turf.‘I was to retire before even the first sod was turned’
- ‘In 1966, Luke used a silver spade to turn the first sod.’
- ‘The greens were constructed out of a topsoil mix and they used only four truckloads of sod to lay one strip around all greens and some of the bunkers.’
- ‘If your lawn is bluegrass, if your lawn was started from sod, or if you use chemical fertilizer, you almost certainly have a thick build-up of thatch.’
- ‘Willie knows the techniques; how you balance the sod, break the sod and so on.’
- ‘Most Greenlandic homes are constructed of stone, sod, or wood.’
- ‘Cut one or more lengths of sod, as needed, and lay it in place.’
- ‘Even though it was still only late February some buds were already poking through the brown earth and the lawn looked as if it had just been laid from sod.’
- ‘Make sure that the sod you are having installed contains varieties of grass that are indigenous to your region.’
- ‘Visitors were also invited to turn a sod of turf.’
- ‘Oliver Clery, turned the first sod for the project on Tuesday of this week.’
- ‘The green contours are also lay-of-the-land and the bunkers are hand-dug, some edged by tall layers of stacked sod, others by shaggy tufts of native grass.’
- ‘Remove dead patches along with 3 to 4 inches of soil underneath; fill the hole with a fresh piece of sod, as shown above, or overseed.’
- ‘You can make an instant lawn of buffalo grass using sod, or for a fraction of the cost and a couple months of establishment time, use seed.’
- ‘Start laying your sod along walkways, sidewalks and driveways near your house.’
- ‘They cut out the portion where the sod would grow and outlined the shape with bender-board.’
- ‘They then patched the back of the green with sod from their on-site nursery.’
- ‘Painstaking effort goes into matching the seams between the strips of sod and the adjoining turf.’
- ‘This isn't a problem when installing a new green, as the spores can be tilled into the soil prior to seeding or can be applied to the surface before rolling out carpet sod.’
- ‘Then either seed, plant new plugs, or insert a fresh piece of sod cut to fit the damaged area.’
- ‘For extreme cases you can line the yard with chicken wire and put a layer of sod over that.’
verbsodding, sodded, sods[with object]rare
Cover with sods or pieces of turf.‘the stadium has been sodded’
- ‘After construction was completed, we installed the remaining plants and sodded the lawn.’
- ‘We planted and sodded the lawn and installed an irrigation system throughout.’
under the sod
Dead and buried in a grave.
dead, expired, departed, gone, no more, passed on, passed awayView synonyms
- ‘On April 10, 1943, Lees-Milne wrote, ‘I would like this diary to entertain two or three generations ahead when I am under the sod.’’
- ‘He has property enough to make us independent but that will be valuable only, when we are under the Sod.’
- ‘Time will run to seed when we are under the sod; there'll be time enough and to spare then.’
Late Middle English: from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German sode, of unknown ultimate origin.
1British vulgar slang An unpleasant or obnoxious person.scoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, brute, animal, weasel, snake, monster, ogre, wretch, devil, good-for-nothing, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doerView synonyms
- 1.1with adjective A person of a specified kind.
- 1.2 Something that is difficult or causes problems.
2derogatory, dated A homosexual man.gay, lesbian, gay person, lesbigayView synonyms
verbsodding, sodded, sodsBritish
1with object, usually in imperative Used to express one's anger or annoyance at someone or something.
- 1.1sod offin imperative no object Go away.
- 1.2as adjective sodding Used as a general term of contempt.
vulgar slang Absolutely nothing.
Early 19th century: abbreviation of sodomite.
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