land of Nod

land of Nod

[nod]
noun
the mythical land of sleep.

Origin:
1725–35; pun on Land of Nod (Gen. 4:16); see nod

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land of Nod
 
n
1.  Old Testament a region to the east of Eden to which Cain went after he had killed Abel (Genesis 4:14)
2.  an imaginary land of sleep

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Main Entry:  land of Nod
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  sleep
Etymology:  a pun on the Biblical place name in Genesis
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land of Nod definition


To “go off to the land of Nod,” or to “nod off,” is to go to sleep: “What a boring speech! Half the listeners are on their way to the land of Nod.”

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