Idioms

    look daggers, to look at someone with a furious, menacing expression: I could see my partner looking daggers at me.
    look down one's nose at, to regard with an overbearing attitude of superiority, disdain, or censure: The more advanced students really looked down their noses at the beginners.
    look forward to, to anticipate with eagerness or pleasure: I always look forward to your visits.
    look sharp,
    1. to be alert and quick: If you want to get ahead, you must look sharp.
    2. Also British, look slippy.to hurry: You'd better look sharp! It's getting late.

Origin of look

before 900; (v.) Middle English lōk(i)en, Old English lōcian; cognate with Middle Dutch lœken, akin to dialectal German lugen to look out; (noun) Middle English loke act of looking, glance, countenance, derivative of the v.

Synonyms for look

1. See watch. 6. See seem. 16. gaze, glance. 17. appearance, air.

nose

[nohz]

noun

the part of the face or facial region in humans and certain animals that contains the nostrils and the organs of smell and functions as the usual passageway for air in respiration: in humans it is a prominence in the center of the face formed of bone and cartilage, serving also to modify or modulate the voice.
this part as the organ of smell.
the sense of smell: fragrances appealing to the nose.
anything regarded as resembling the nose of a person or animal, as a spout or nozzle.
the prow of a ship.
the forward end of an aircraft.
the forward edge of the head of a golf club.
a projecting part of anything: the nose of a pair of pliers.
a faculty of perceiving or detecting: to have a nose for news.
the human nose regarded as a symbol of meddling or prying: Why can't he keep his nose out of my business?
the length of a nose: The horse won the race by a nose.
the bouquet of an alcoholic drink, especially the distinctive aroma of a wine.

verb (used with object), nosed, nos·ing.

to perceive by or as by the nose or the sense of smell: a cheese that could be nosed at some distance.
to approach the nose to, as in smelling or examining; sniff.
to move or push forward with or as with the nose: The dog nosed its pup back into the yard. The boat nosed its way toward shore.
to touch or rub with the nose; nuzzle.

verb (used without object), nosed, nos·ing.

to smell or sniff.
to seek as if by smelling or scent: The dogs nosed after their quarry.
to move or push forward: to nose into the wind.
to meddle or pry (often followed by about, into, etc.): They are always nosing about in other people's business.

Verb Phrases

nose out,
  1. to defeat, especially by a narrow margin: The other candidates had been nosed out in the final returns.
  2. to learn or discover, especially by snooping or prying: to nose out a secret.

Idioms

    count noses, to count the number of people in attendance: Each time the troop left an exhibit the leader counted noses.
    cut off one's nose to spite one's face, to create a disadvantage to oneself through one's own spiteful action.
    follow one's nose,
    1. to go forward in a straight course.
    2. to guide oneself by instinct: I found the house by following my nose.
    hold one's nose, to repress feelings of distaste, repulsion, or offense for something that one is obliged to do: He held his nose and voted for the bill.
    keep one's nose clean, to behave oneself; avoid trouble or scandal: Did he keep his nose clean after he got out of prison?
    keep one's nose to the grindstone. grindstone(def 3).
    lead (around) by the nose, to exercise complete control over; dominate totally: He lets his brother lead him by the nose.
    look down one's nose at, to regard with disdain or condescension: He had always looked down his nose at those who were poorer than he.
    on the nose, Informal.
    1. precisely, correctly, or perfectly.
    2. exactly on time: We made it at ten o'clock on the nose.
    3. (of a bet) for win only.
    4. Australian Informal.decayed or putrid; stinking.
    5. Australian Informal.distasteful or unpleasant; of doubtful validity or propriety.
    pay through the nose, to pay an excessive price: They patronize small and exclusive shops where they cheerfully pay through the nose.
    put someone's nose out of joint,
    1. to annoy or irritate greatly.
    2. to supersede a person in another's regard, devotion, etc.
    3. to thwart someone; spoil someone's plans.
    rub someone's nose in, to persecute or tease someone persistently about; nag someone about: I know I was wrong but you don't have to rub my nose in it.
    turn up one's nose at, to regard with contempt; scorn: My friend turns up his nose at anyone who hasn't had a college education.
    under someone's nose, plainly visible to; in full view of; in bold defiance of: The theft took place right under the detective's nose.Also under someone's very nose.

Origin of nose

before 900; Middle English (noun); Old English nosu; akin to Dutch neus, German Nase, Latin nāsus, Sanskrit nāsā
Related formsnose·less, adjectivenose·like, adjectiveun·nosed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for look down one's nose at

look

verb (mainly intr)

(often foll by at) to direct the eyes (towards)to look at the sea
(often foll by at) to direct one's attention (towards)let's look at the circumstances
(often foll by to) to turn one's interests or expectations (towards)to look to the future
(copula) to give the impression of being by appearance to the eye or mind; seemthat looks interesting
to face in a particular directionthe house looks north
to expect, hope, or plan (to do something)I look to hear from you soon; he's looking to get rich
(foll by for)
  1. to search or seekI looked for you everywhere
  2. to cherish the expectation (of); hope (for)I look for success
(foll by to)
  1. to be mindful (of)to look to the promise one has made
  2. to have recourse (to)look to your swords, men!
to be a pointer or signthese early inventions looked towards the development of industry
(foll by into) to carry out an investigationto look into a mystery
(tr) to direct a look at (someone) in a specified wayshe looked her rival up and down
(tr) to accord in appearance with (something)to look one's age
look alive or look lively hurry up; get busy
look daggers See dagger (def. 4)
look here an expression used to attract someone's attention, add emphasis to a statement, etc
look sharp or look smart (imperative) to hurry up; make haste
not look at to refuse to considerthey won't even look at my offer of £5000
not much to look at unattractive; plain

noun

the act or an instance of lookinga look of despair
a view or sight (of something)let's have a look
(often plural) appearance to the eye or mind; aspectthe look of innocence; I don't like the looks of this place
style; fashionthe new look for summer

sentence connector

an expression demanding attention or showing annoyance, determination, etclook, I've had enough of this

Word Origin for look

Old English lōcian; related to Middle Dutch læken, Old High German luogen to look out

usage

See at like 1

nose

noun

the organ of smell and entrance to the respiratory tract, consisting of a prominent structure divided into two hair-lined air passages by a median septumRelated adjectives: nasal, rhinal
the sense of smell itself: in hounds and other animals, the ability to follow trails by scent (esp in the phrases a good nose, a bad nose)
another word for bouquet (def. 2)
instinctive skill or facility, esp in discovering things (sometimes in the phrase follow one's nose)he had a nose for good news stories
any part regarded as resembling a nose in form or function, such as a nozzle or spout
the forward part of a vehicle, aircraft, etc, esp the front end of an aircraft
narrow margin of victory (in the phrase (win) by a nose)
cut off one's nose to spite one's face to carry out a vengeful action that hurts oneself more than another
get up someone's nose informal to annoy or irritate someone
keep one's nose clean to stay out of trouble; behave properly
keep one's nose to the grindstone to work hard and continuously
lead someone by the nose to make someone do unquestioningly all one wishes; dominate someone
look down one's nose at informal to be contemptuous or disdainful of
nose to tail (of vehicles) moving or standing very close behind one another
on the nose slang
  1. (in horse-race betting) to win onlyI bet twenty pounds on the nose on that horse
  2. mainly US and Canadianprecisely; exactly
  3. Australianbad or bad-smelling
pay through the nose informal to pay an exorbitant price
poke one's nose into or stick one's nose into informal to pry into or interfere in
put someone's nose out of joint informal to thwart or offend someone, esp by supplanting him or gaining something he regards as his
rub someone's nose in it informal to remind someone unkindly of his failing or error
see no further than one's nose or see no further than the end of one's nose informal
  1. to be short-sighted; suffer from myopia
  2. to lack insight or foresight
turn up one's nose or turn up one's nose at something informal to behave disdainfully towards (something)
under one's nose
  1. directly in front of one
  2. without one noticing
with one's nose in the air haughtily

verb

(tr) (esp of horses, dogs, etc) to rub, touch, or sniff with the nose; nuzzle
to smell or sniff (wine, etc)
(intr; usually foll by after or for) to search (for) by or as if by scent
to move or cause to move forwards slowly and carefullythe car nosed along the cliff top; we nosed the car into the garage
(intr; foll by into, around, about, etc) to pry or snoop (into) or meddle (in)
See also nose out
Derived Formsnoseless, adjectivenoselike, adjective

Word Origin for nose

Old English nosu; related to Old Frisian nose, Norwegian nosa to smell and nus smell
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Word Origin and History for look down one's nose at

look

v.

Old English locian "use the eyes for seeing, gaze, look, behold, spy," from West Germanic *lokjan (cf. Old Saxon lokon "see, look, spy," Middle Dutch loeken "to look," Old High German luogen, German dialectal lugen "to look out"), of unknown origin, perhaps cognate with Breton lagud "eye." In Old English, usually with on; the use of at began 14c. Meaning "seek, search out" is c.1300; meaning "to have a certain appearance" is from c.1400. Of objects, "to face in a certain direction," late 14c.

Look after "take care of" is from late 14c., earlier "to seek" (c.1300), "to look toward" (c.1200). Look into "investigate" is from 1580s; look up "research in books or papers" is from 1690s. To look down upon in the figurative sense is from 1711; to look down one's nose is from 1921. To look forward "anticipate" is c.1600; meaning "anticipate with pleasure" is mid-19c. To not look back "make no pauses" is colloquial, first attested 1893. In look sharp (1711) sharp originally was an adverb, "sharply."

nose

v.

"perceive the smell of," 1570s; "pry, search," 1640s, from nose (n.). Related: Nosed; nosing.

look

n.

c.1200, "act or action of looking," from look (v.). Meaning "appearance of a person" is from late 14c. Expression if looks could kill ... attested by 1827 (if looks could bite is attested from 1747).

nose

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

look down one's nose at in Medicine

nose

[nōz]

n.

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.
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Idioms and Phrases with look down one's nose at

look

In addition to the idioms beginning with look

  • look after
  • look a gift horse in the mouth
  • look alive
  • look as if butter wouldn't melt
  • look askance
  • look back
  • look before you leap
  • look black
  • look blank
  • look daggers
  • look down on
  • look for
  • look forward to
  • look in on
  • look into
  • look like
  • look like a million dollars
  • look like death
  • look like something the cat dragged in
  • look like the cat that ate the canary
  • look on
  • look on the bright side
  • look out
  • look out for
  • look over
  • look sharp
  • look sideways at
  • look someone in the face
  • look the other way
  • look through rose-colored glasses
  • look to
  • look to one's laurels
  • look up
  • look up and down
  • look up to
  • look who's talking

also see:

  • (look on the) bright side
  • dirty look
  • make someone look good
  • take a look at
  • things are looking up

nose

In addition to the idioms beginning with nose

  • nose about
  • nose in
  • nose in a book, have one's
  • nose in the air, have one's
  • nose into
  • nose out
  • nose out of joint, have one's
  • nose to the grindstone, keep one's

also see:

  • brown nose
  • can't see beyond the end of one's nose
  • count noses
  • cut off one's nose
  • follow one's nose
  • keep one's nose clean
  • lead by the nose
  • look down on (one's nose)
  • no skin off my nose
  • on the nose
  • pay through the nose
  • plain as day (the nose on your face)
  • poke one's nose into
  • rub someone's nose in it
  • thumb one's nose
  • turn up one's nose
  • under one's nose
  • win by a nose
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