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1‘all she could do was nod her head’
incline, bob, bow, dip, wag, duck
2‘he nodded to me to start’
signal, gesture, gesticulate, motion, sign, indicate
3‘even Homer nods’
make a mistake, be mistaken, be in error, be wrong, be incorrect, get something wrong, make an error, make a slip, err, trip up, stumble
be careless, be inattentive, be negligent
informal slip up
1‘at a nod from the manager, she dimmed the lights’
signal, indication, sign, cue
2‘he greeted Ivan with a quick nod of his head’
inclination, bob, bow, dip, duck
‘the audience began to nod off’
fall asleep, go to sleep, get to sleep, doze off, drop off
go off, drift off, crash out, flake out, go out like a light, conk out
sack out, zone out
‘Clarke got the nod, and really proved himself during the series’
be selected, be chosen, be picked, make the grade
get a guernsey
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
give something the go-ahead, give something the green light, OK, give something the OK, give something the thumbs up
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