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nose around

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nose around

verb phrase

To show strong inquisitiveness; investigate, esp closely and slyly; pry: Why are you nosing around in my life in the first place? (1879+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • You'll go sticking your nose around that domicile some time and get it knocked off!

  • But, still, there's no sense in lettin' 'em nose around too free.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • I thought I could get out here and nose around without him knowing it.

    The White Desert

    Courtney Ryley Cooper
  • At your invitation I'll make myself scarce, and nose around.

    Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls Edith Van Dyne (AKA L. Frank Baum)
  • Presently, as Alex had said, the dugout showed its nose around the bend.

  • While admiring it, a Rebel gunboat poked her nose around the point.

    The Boys of '61 Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • He began to nose around among the leaves to find out what was the matter.

    Rick and Ruddy Howard R. Garis
  • One of the machine-guns swung her nose around a little and the fight was on.

    Our Army at the Front Heywood Broun
  • If we can break out a hundred acres, even, the cattle can nose around and get down to the grass.

    Wells Brothers

    Andy Adams
  • The Bear began to nose around the log very carefully to find out if the Bees were at home.

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