[Vocabulary] nostalgic nod

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Maybo

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Unless it’s a nostalgic nod to a time when puppets were more malleable and grateful to their imperial overlords.

What does nod mean here?

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https://cn.nytimes.com/opinion/20140811/c11dowd/dual/
 

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a nod to something is a respectful recognition of something.
 

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It's literally a reminder in a small and fond way of puppets of the past, though the context here suggests it is meant sarcastically.
 
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