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Tod (td)
n. Chiefly British

  1. fox
  2. A unit of weight for wool, especially one equivalent to about 28 pounds (12.7 kilograms).
  3. A bushy clump, as of ivy.


  1. alone and on your own; "don't just sit there on your tod"


"On Your Tod"

James Forman "Tod" Sloan (August 10, 1874 - December 21, 1933) was an American thoroughbred horse racing jockey. He was elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1955.

It was Tod Sloan who popularized the forward seat style of riding, or the "monkey crouch" as the British called it, when he began riding there in 1897. Initially laughed at, his style revolutionized the sport worldwide.

The name of Tod Sloan, a left a mark on the English language. His fame spread to London where the name was adopted into the rhyming slang to mean 'own' as in 'on his own'. Hence, someone 'on his tod' is alone. This adoption of a rhyming phrase then the dropping of the word which rhymes is normal.



David Tod

David Tod - I'm his indirect namesake. David Tod was governor of Ohio during the Civil War. He was responsible for recruiting Ohioans as soldiers for the cause. Abraham Lincoln said, "He is my friend, with a big head full of brains... he made a good governor, and has made a fortune for himself."

Today you can find lots of things named Tod throughout Northeastern Ohio, including Tod Children's Hospital in Youngstown and Tod Ave. in Warren.






Tod Engine

The Tod Steam Engine is a 4,000 horsepower steam engine made by the William Tod Company of Youngstown. It operated from February 11, 1914 until sometime in 1979. It weights 260 tons and measures over 46 ft. in length. The engine would have been scrapped if not for the efforts of the Tod Engine Foundation in 1995. The foundation constructed the Tod Engine Heritage Park in Youngstown where the engine is now on display. William Tod was the son of Governor David Tod (see above.)



TOD Acronyms

Truth or Dare Tactical Ocean Data
The Other Day Teen Open Diary
Transfer on Death Tales of Destiny, a PlayStation video game
Torque on Demand (Isuzu) Talk On Disk, a telecommunication industry term
Truth Or Dare Time of day
Tickets on Departure, airline ticket reserved in advance Temporary OverDraft, in banking terms.
Target Organ Damage Time Of Deceptions, a comic created by Bungi Parappa
Television on Demand (Broadbus) Tioman Airport, IATA airport code TOD
Trailers on Demand Todmorden, a large Yorkshire town in the UK.
Television On the Desktop Tools of Destruction, Ratchet & Clank video game
Take-Off Distance Top of descent, an aviation term.
Theoretical Oxygen Demand Transit-oriented development, land use planning
Technical Objective Document Tradeoff Determination
Time of Death (Thanks Elric3960)  






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