(uncountable) That stratum of the surface of the soil which is filled with the roots of grass, or any portion of that surface; turf; sward.
Turf grown and cut specifically for the establishment of lawns.
- She there shall dress a sweeter sod / Than Fancy's feet have ever trod.
- The landscapers rolled sod onto the bare earth and made a presentable lawn by nightfall.
To cover with sod.
- He sodded the worn areas twice a year.
From sodomize, by shortening
(British, vulgar) Sodomite; bugger.
(British, slang, mildly pejorative, formerly considered vulgar) A person, usually male; (often qualified with an adjective).
- You mean old sod !
- poor sod
- unlucky sod
* Sod’s law
(UK, vulgar) expression of surprise, contempt, outrage, disgust, boredom, frustration.
(transitive, British, slang, vulgar) Bugger; sodomize.
(transitive, British, slang, vulgar) Damn, curse, confound.
- Sod''' him!'', '''''Sod''' it!'', '''''Sod that bastard!
* sod off
Originally a the past participle ((sodden)).
*, New York, 2001, p.223:
(Australia, of bread) Sodden; incompletely risen.
- Beer, if it be over-new, or over-stale, over-strong, or not sod ,is most unwholesome, frets, and galls, etc.
- sod damper
(Australia, colloquial) A damper (bread) which has failed to rise, remaining a flat lump.
* 1954 , Tom Ronan, Vision Splendid'', quoted in Tom Burton, ''Words in Your Ear , Wakefield Press (1999), ISBN 1-86254-475-1, page 120:
- And Mart the cook the shovel took / And swung the damper to and fro. / 'Another sod , so help me God, / That's fourteen in a flamin' row.
* 1834 , Charles Augustus Davis, Letters of J. Downing (page 35)
- There was a swod of fine folks, and dreadful handsome galls; and the house was nigh upon chuck full.