Idioms for nose

Origin of nose

before 900; Middle English (noun); Old English nosu; akin to Dutch neus, German Nase, Latin nāsus, Sanskrit nāsā

OTHER WORDS FROM nose

nose·less, adjectivenose·like, adjectiveun·nosed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nose out (1 of 2)

nose out

verb (tr, adverb)

to discover by smelling
to discover by cunning or persistencethe reporter managed to nose out a few facts
informal to beat by a narrow marginhe was nosed out of first place by the champion

British Dictionary definitions for nose out (2 of 2)

nose
/ (nəʊz) /

noun

verb

See also nose out

Derived forms of nose

noseless, 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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Medicine definitions for nose out

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 nose out (1 of 2)

nose out

1

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.

2

Discover, especially something hidden or secret, as in This reporter has a knack for nosing out the truth. This usage alludes to following the scent of something. [Early 1600s]

Idioms and Phrases with nose out (2 of 2)

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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