- to defeat, especially by a narrow margin: The other candidates had been nosed out in the final returns.
- to learn or discover, especially by snooping or prying: to nose out a secret.
Idioms about nose
- to go forward in a straight course.
- to guide oneself by instinct: I found the house by following my nose.
- precisely, correctly, or perfectly.
- exactly on time: We made it at ten o'clock on the nose.
- (of a bet) for win only.
- Australian Informal. decayed or putrid; stinking.
- Australian Informal. distasteful or unpleasant; of doubtful validity or propriety.
- to annoy or irritate greatly.
- to supersede a person in another's regard, devotion, etc.
- to thwart someone; spoil someone's plans.
Origin of nose
OTHER WORDS FROM nosenoseless, adjectivenoselike, adjectiveun·nosed, adjective
Words nearby nose
How to use nose in a sentence
So the virus may have spread when the rodents groomed, rubbed their noses or moved around.Dust can infect animals with flu, raising coronavirus concerns|Erin Garcia de Jesus|August 24, 2020|Science News For Students
Like the regions in the brain, each stage seeks different types of general pictorial elements like those the brain finds, rather than seeking the eyes, nose, and so on.
The main stumbling block is that we’re still not quite sure how individual smells activate the entire neural highway from nose to brain.A Highway to Smell: How Scientists Used Light to Incept Smell in Mice|Shelly Fan|July 1, 2020|Singularity Hub
So he convinced his supervisors to let him bring home some equipment so he could evaluate whether cloth masks cut down on the number of potentially virus-laden particles that spew from people’s mouths and noses when they talk, cough or breathe.Why scientists say wearing masks shouldn’t be controversial|Tina Hesman Saey|June 26, 2020|Science News
There, clusters of nerve endings called glomeruli organize the smell signals picked up in the nose.How to make a mouse smell a smell that doesn’t actually exist|Laura Sanders|June 18, 2020|Science News
I will turn my nose up when you offer me the rest of some delicious pastry that you nibbled on.
They should have pointed the nose of the Airbus down and applied more power.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?|Clive Irving|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A spandex mask stretched over his face, covering his eyes and nose.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau|Ian Frisch|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The struggle continues and Chan is punched, suffering a broken nose.
Also, your nose is in front of your face and the sun will come up tomorrow.
His nose was hooked and rather large, his eyes were blue, bright as steel, and set a trifle wide.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
Sympathising with its desires, Benjy changed his posture, and managed just to touch the nose of his enemy.
He walked first to one side, and then the other, rooting in the dirt with his funny, rubbery nose.Squinty the Comical Pig|Richard Barnum
He shut his fist and hit Butterface a weak but well intended right-hander on the nose.
The girl began to hum, as she powdered her nose with a white glove, lying in a powder box.Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for nose
- (in horse-race betting) to win onlyI bet twenty pounds on the nose on that horse
- mainly US and Canadian precisely; exactly
- Australian bad or bad-smelling
- to be short-sighted; suffer from myopia
- to lack insight or foresight
- directly in front of one
- without one noticing
Derived forms of nosenoseless, adjectivenoselike, adjective
Word Origin for nose
Other Idioms and Phrases with 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
- 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