lead by the nose
Dominate or control someone, as in “The Moor ... will tenderly be led by the nose as asses are” (Shakespeare, Othello, 1:3). This expression alludes to an animal being led by a ring passed through its nostrils. [Late 1500s]
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I will turn my nose up when you offer me the rest of some delicious pastry that you nibbled on.
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I looked round to see where our help was most wanted, and was about to lead them forward, when I heard the voice of the Alcalde.