One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Ronny Johnsen was given the nod in preference to David May’
select, choose, pick, go for
2‘the chances are that the Lords will give the treaty the nod’
approve, agree to, sanction, ratify, endorse, say yes to, give one's approval to, rubber-stamp
informal give something the go-ahead, give something the green light, OK, give something the OK, give something the thumbs up
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