No, Johnny liked to hunt alone, nosing up Bear Trap Canyon, looking for broken bush tips, cracks in mud, smudges on rock.
“Go easy Mom,” he said, nosing his head around the bathroom door.
Till now, thank goodness, they have been nosing about in other towns.
She awoke to fright—some great hairy beast of the forest was nosing her.
After nosing around, if everything was quiet, he would slink back, with an unmistakably sheepish look.
The trout were nosing the flies rather than striking with any appetite.
Now over a couple of lean grey torpedo-boats, nosing everywhere, carefully and suspiciously, protecting the Channels.
After nosing about in the hole where he had been digging, he started off again.
How many mice were nosing about was the question, and of the number how many would be inside when the spring snapped?
Then he set about nosing for hidden hickory-nuts; few and scarce were they.
Old English nosu, from Proto-Germanic *nusus (cf. Old Norse nös, Old Frisian nose, Dutch neus, Old High German nasa, German Nase), from PIE *nas- "nose" (cf. Sanskrit nasa, Old Persian naham, Old Church Slavonic nasu, Lithuanian nosis, Latin nasus "nose"). Used of any prominent or projecting part from 1530s. (nose cone in the space rocket sense is from 1949). Used to indicate "something obvious" from 1590s. Meaning "odor, scent" is from 1894.
Kiv, It could bee no other then his owne manne, that had thrust his nose so farre out of ioynte. ["Barnabe Riche His Farewell to Military Profession," 1581]Pay through the nose (1670s) seems to suggest "bleed." Many extended meanings are from the horse-racing sense of "length of a horse's nose," as a measure of distance between two finishers (1908). To turn up one's nose "show disdain" is from 1818 (earlier hold up one's nose, 1570s); similar notion in look down one's nose (1921). To say something is under (one's) nose "in plain view" is from 1540s.
"perceive the smell of," 1570s; "pry, search," 1640s, from nose (n.). Related: Nosed; nosing.
The part of the human face or the forward part of the head of other vertebrates that contains the nostrils and organs of smell and forms the beginning of the respiratory tract.
A police informer; stool pigeon (1830+ Underworld)
bluenose, by a nose, dog's-nose, hard-nosed, have a bug up one's ass, keep one's nose clean, look down one's nose, no skin off my ass, on the nose, pay through the nose, poke one's nose into something,powder one's nose, put someone's nose out of joint