Meaning of ROD in English

ROD

/ rɒd; NAmE rɑːd/ noun

1.

(often used in compounds) a long straight piece of wood, metal or glass

—see also lightning rod

2.

= fishing rod :

fishing with rod and line

3.

(also the rod ) ( old-fashioned ) a stick that is used for hitting people as a punishment :

There used to be a saying: 'Spare the rod and spoil the child.'

4.

( NAmE , slang ) a small gun

IDIOMS

- make a rod for your own back

—more at beat verb , rule verb

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WORD ORIGIN

late Old English rodd slender shoot growing on or cut from a tree , also straight stick or bundle of twigs used to inflict punishment ; probably related to Old Norse rudda club.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.