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nounin phrase on one's tod
On one's own.‘I'm going to do something, not just sit here on my tod’
- ‘While the game has its share of platform-hopping and turn-based combat, there are plenty of clever conundrums to cope with as baby Mario and Luigi toddle away on their tod to open doors and raise platforms so the adults can progress.’
- ‘I'd been in a couple of really good bands and we never got anywhere, so I was left on my tod.’
- ‘Needless to say, the following morning, when the tablets and porter wore off, the bus was empty, and he was heading back to South America on his tod!’
- ‘"Guess who's going to end up going to Sequoia National Park on her tod," remarked Wendy.’
- ‘I refer, of course, to Ellen MacArthur, the 24 year-old who has sailed single-handedly round the world, becoming in the process the youngest woman to circumnavigate the globe on her tod.’
1930s: from rhyming slang Tod Sloan, the name of an American jockey (1873–1933).
A bushy mass of foliage, especially ivy.
Late Middle English (in sense ‘measure of weight used in the wool trade’): of uncertain origin.
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