1. (20C+ use US black) a sleep.
|Wit in a Constable V i: Tis very late [...] Shall we Each to his bulke and take a nod?|
|Proverbs 34: If we must sleep [...] take a nod sitting in a chair.|
|London Terraefilius V 11: She cannot take a Nod in her Wicker-Chair, but she Dreams that a Tile has tumbled off a House and Knock’d him on the Head.|
|Life of Colley Cibber 16: I don’t see any one Pursuit of them that should so reasonably rouze me out of a Nod in my Great Chair.|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Nod. He is gone to the land of Nod; he is asleep.|
|,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn) n.p.:|
|Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1788].|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue [as cit. 1788].|
|Vocabulum 59: nod Asleep. ‘Gone to the land of Nod,’ gone to sleep.|
|DA].Heart of Continent 91: In five minutes [...] we were all ‘sawing gourds’ together in the land of Nod [|
|Ring Nov. 10: taking the nod—Unconscious.in|
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 27 Aug. 11/1: Jim nod is creeping on my lead so I think I will [...] crawl between the lily-whites and pound my listener.|
|New Hepsters Dict. in Calloway (1976) 258: nod (n.): sleep. Ex., ‘I think I’ll cop a nod.’.|
|Coll. Stories (1990) 105: From two o’clock on, all he’d been thinking of was falling in his righteous pallet and copping a night full of nods.‘He Seen It in the Stars’ in|
|Jives of Dr. Hepcat (1989) 3: Then about four o’clock p.g. the kitties all cruise on back to their pads to cop a little nod.|
|,||DAS 147/2: dig [oneself] a nod To get a night’s sleep.|
2. (orig. US drugs) the drug-induced stupor or semi-sleep that follows an injection of heroin.
|implied in play the nod|
|Panic in Needle Park (1971) 12: When he has finally injected the heroin [...] he may or may not go on a ‘nod’—his eyelids heavy, his mind wandering pleasantly—depending on how much heroin his body has become accustomed to.|
|Dopefiend (1991) 26: [She] drifted off into a nod, as her head slowly dropped down on her chest.|
|House of Slammers 88: Conversation lagged along with the sag / Then Honky went into his nod.|
|Mr Blue 237: She was fighting the nod and feeling a euphoria that went through her entire being.|
|(con. 1975–6) Steel Toes 104: I [...] come out of my nod staring at the first naked woman I’ve seen in what seems like forever.|
|? (Pronounced Que) [ebook] His entrance made YaYa snap out of his dope nod.|
(US black) a bedroom.
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 41: A Nod Box in the Rockpile (a bedroom in the castle).|
(US) a state of sleep.
|Cunning Linguist (1973) 58: It felt good to doze off once more. However, I did one thing before I drifted off to Nodland.|
(US black) to sleep, to take a nap.
|Novels and Stories (1995) 1001: But you can’t collar nods all day. No matter how long you stay in bed, and how quiet you keep, sooner or later that big gut is going to reach over and grab that little one and start to gnaw.‘Story in Harlem Sl.’ in|
1. (US) to have a nap, to go to sleep.
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 405: Blondy also cops a little snooze now and then [...] but whenever he happens to wake up he pokes me awake too.‘The Three Wise Guys’ in|
|Jive and Sl.|
|Jives of Dr. Hepcat (1989) 6: I stash me down to cop a nod, if I am lame I’m not to blame, the stem is hard.|
|Book of Negro Folklore 363: He come across Elephant copping a righteous nod.|
|Chosen Few (1966) 215: That way damn near everybody else is coppin’ some nods.|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 60: Each cat makes it to his pad to cop a nod and have his dreams sweetened by his show of corazón.|
|Garden of Sand (1981) 436: Let’s cop a snooze.|
|(con. 1960s) Night People 99: He would start rehearsing when I was trying to cop a nod.|
2. (US drugs/prison) to become intoxicated and initially comatose after injecting a narcotic.
|Prison Sl. 77: Cop a Nod also Coppin’ a Nod To get ‘stoned’ or ‘loaded’ on heroin or Dilaudid. This phrase is also used to describe someone who has just injected heroin.|
(US) to die.
|Walk on the Wild Side 132: All had been born in the twenties and died when the twenties died. Some of broken hearts when Wallace Reid had died. Some had gone on the nod waiting for Dempsey to fight Harry Wills.|
(US black) to have a sleep.
|AS IX:4 289: knock a nod. To take a nap.‘Negro Sl. in Lincoln University’ in|
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 25: The cats and the chippies were all knocking a nod. [Ibid.] 78: ‘Knock a nod,’ says the Jiver. He means going to sleep.|
1. succumbing to a sleepy stupor after smoking opium or taking an injection of heroin.
|DAUL 145/2: Nod, on the. 1. In an opium stupor; drugged.et al.|
|Junkie (1966) 43: He’ll go on the nod in front of your family.|
|Damned and Destroyed 37: I’ve been rolled [...] Some crud of a lightfinger cannoned me while I was on the nod!|
|Choirboys (1976) 201: When he’s geezing and on the nod.|
|Alice in La-La Land (1999) 1: Tenderloins strewn with winos sucking on a bottle in a bag and young dopers on the nod.|
|Homeboy 57: Rigo La Barba slumped on the nod in the crushedvelvet front seat of his ‘62 Impala lowrider.|
|Turning Angel 398: You gonna be on the nod most of the time.|
|Life 402: Very occasionally I would go on the nod while we were playing.|
|Sydney Morn. Herald 10 July [Internet] He was a high-functioning addict and never ‘on the nod’.|
2. dozing off after smoking cannabis.
|Walk on the Wild Side 88: And went right back on the nod.|
3. falling sleep, exhausted from excess of any sort.
|‘’Arry’s Visit to the Moon’ in Punch Christmas Number in (2006) 163: It wos dry and a little bit drowsy. In fact I was napped on the nod.|
|Hell’s Angels (1967) 205: Crashing means nothing more sinister than going on the nod, either from booze or simple fatigue.|
4. see also SE phrs. below.
(drugs) to doze off as a result of injecting a narcotic drug.
|Opium Addiction in Chicago 202: Playing the nod. To go to sleep from over-indulgence.|
|Lang. Und. (1981).‘Lang. of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 2 in|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Narcotics Lingo and Lore.|
SE in slang uses
1. on credit.
|‘Blooming Aesthetic’ in Rag 30 Sept. n.p.: A pay-on-the-nod, / An always-in-quod, / A sure-to-be-scragged young man.|
|Fifty Years (2nd edn) II 229: It’s that terrible easy custom of betting ‘on the nod’ that plays havoc.|
|(?)‘How Steelman Told His Story’ in Roderick (1972) 222: If you go to see a show on the nod you’ll be found a comfortable seat in a good place.|
|Mord Em’ly 164: No Admittance on the Nod!|
|Pitcher in Paradise 195: It’s all dam fine for your young military duds to come a-bettin’ on the nod.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 7 July 30/2: The average descendant of Eve is a fair terror for articles on the nod, and mostly the nod brings as much trouble as the original wink that was thrown at the blind horse.|
|Ulysses 312: So he went over to the biscuit tin Bob Doran left to see if there was anything he could lift on the nod, the old cur after him backing his luck with his mangy snout up.|
|Central Qld Herald (Rockhampton, Qld) 26 July 12/4: The insertion of safety razor blades from a packet obtained on the ‘nod’.|
|Lucky Palmer 248: No money changed hands. He was betting on credit — ‘Lucky’ called it betting ‘on the blue,’ ‘on the Mary Lou’ or ‘on the nod’.|
|Yarns of Billy Borker 104: They could always have a bet on the nod with Murphy and many a time he slung them a quid when things were crook.|
|(con. 1930s) Muvver Tongue 18: To have things on credit [...] ‘On the book’, and in pubs ‘on the slate’ or ‘on the nod’.|
|How to Shoot Friends 95: Taylor claimed he did the hit for five grand on the nod, on credit.|
2. without argument, typically of Parliamentary or local government business which ‘goes through’ or ‘passes on the nod’.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 18 Jul. 11/4: He was called upon at his hotel, invited to refreshment, and it was plainly hinted to him by more than one bucolic young bachelor that if a note would be of any service to him it rested with him to get it ‘on the nod.’.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 8 May 2nd sect. 9/1: They Say [...] That being full of cheaply-obtained fusel he endeavored to spar in on the nod. [...] That the light-weight doorkeeper subsequently gave him a trimming-up in the yard.|
|Digger Smith 45: I ain’t the man to smooge with God / To get to ’Eaven on the nod.‘West’ in|
|Sun. Times 12 Jan. 4: The agenda, usually the cause of great fiction, was accepted ‘on the nod’.|
|It Was An Accident 175: Went through on the nod.|
3. for free.
|Truth (Sydney) 11 Mar. 1/8: The Secretary of Railways has received £2 as conscience money from an anonymous person who claims to have travelled ‘on the nod’ for two years but who has now ‘found grace’.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 22 Jan. 1/1: [The] manager brutally blocked his attempts to bustle in on the nod [...] despite his ‘Aw, I’ve the entree heah’.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 11 July 32/2: I notice Blimy and his three friends outside the course at an up-county meeting. They were all of the spieler variety and on the lookout for a means of getting in on the nod.|
|Eve. News (Sydney) 3 July 11/4: [from UK] ‘I am told,’ said a plaintiff in the Southwark County Court, ‘that the man (referring to the defendant) is nothing more than a duck-shover - a man who gets things on the ‘bounce’ and the ‘nod.’ .|
|N&Q 12 Ser. IX 347: On the Nod. Free; gratis.|
4. see also sl. phrs. above.