Definition of the old sod in US English:

the old sod


  • One's native country.

    • ‘Anyone who has the occasion, who has Irish lineage and returns to the old sod, as they say, is pleasantly surprised by the welcome.’
    • ‘There is a growing interest with people who once were residents of Tubbercurry, but now reside in England or America, to keep close contact with the old sod by way of the Internet and the local press is one such source of information for them.’
    • ‘Shay Mulligan, played by Joseph M. Kelly, would appear to be the wise one of the group but, as the wake continues, it seems that he too is disillusioned and unable to return to the old sod like Jap and Git are planning.’
    • ‘Dominic, who has lived in Canada and the USA for 50 years, is thinking of coming home to the old sod and I hope he settles in nicely.’
    • ‘When asked what lured him to Ireland, Peterson jokes that it was a coming home of sorts, with his great-great-grandparents on his mother's side hailing from the old sod.’
    • ‘I'll be back on the old sod of Siberia, soaking up my cultural heritage, looking longingly at the land, and wondering why my old Auntie left in the first place.’
    • ‘A nice greeting to them as they take in the old sod again.’
    • ‘The program will feature the Scots-Irish influences in the sessions that might have been played by the men themselves on the bagpipes, recorders and fiddles that had accompanied them from the old sod.’
    • ‘When Brian Kerr announces his squad tomorrow for the friendly against Croatia on November 16 there will be some anxious glances from those opposed to the greening of players with flimsy ties to the old sod.’
    • ‘Irish residents would be encouraged to write to relatives overseas ‘about the old sod,’ inviting them to visit Ireland.’