to discover by smelling
to discover by cunning or persistence: the reporter managed to nose out a few facts
informal to beat by a narrow margin: he was nosed out of first place by the champion
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How to use nose out in a sentence
But Ive marked the last place e bogged down into, an if e just pokes a nose out once more, ell get it in the neck for keeps.Grapes of wrath | Boyd Cable
Can we cross a hundred miles of ocean and nose out a little turtle-back in all that raft of islands and keys?Motor Matt's Peril, or, Cast Away in the Bahamas | Stanley R. Matthews
But he sees this Troubadour has put his poor old nose out of joint for him.
Thomas Chatterton Jupiter Zeus poked his nose out of the sun-bonnet.The Story of Opal | Opal Whiteley
Therefore I advise that you either keep your nose out of my business or actively work against me.Thin Edge | Gordon Randall Garrett
Other Idioms and Phrases with 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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