nose out

verb(tr, adverb)
  1. to discover by smelling

  2. to discover by cunning or persistence: the reporter managed to nose out a few facts

  1. informal to beat by a narrow margin: he was nosed out of first place by the champion

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nose out

Defeat by a narrow margin, as in She barely nosed out the incumbent. This expression, alluding to a horse's winning with its nose in front, has been used figuratively since the mid-1900s.

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