Definition of get the nod in US English:

get the nod


  • 1Be selected or approved.

    • ‘It's science fact - futuristic ideas, conceived by imaginative young men, whose crazy-sounding schemes have got the nod from the scientists.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Crunch time will come for the selectors on September 27, when they decide who gets the nod for subsequent World Cup shows.’
    • ‘Not the case, however, the selectors stayed loyal, and Kennedy gets 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.’
    • ‘Abbott filed for Food & Drug Administration approval in April and is hoping to get the nod in the first quarter of 2003.’
    • ‘Last year the calculator almost denied Shanahoe a place in the championship semi-final, but by a percentage point they got the nod.’
    • ‘In fact, it even got the nod as the speculative selection in the first edition of our value newsletter.’
    • ‘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
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  • 2Receive a signal or information.

    • ‘Michael Lawlor only got the nod that he was starting minutes before the game as players were put under pressure to perform.’
    • ‘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.’