Nearby words

  1. norwood,
  2. nos-,
  3. nos.,
  4. noscapine,
  5. nosce te ipsum,
  6. nose about,
  7. nose bag,
  8. nose candy,
  9. nose cone,
  10. nose dive

Idioms

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 pay through the nose

nose

/ (nəʊz) /

noun

verb

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 pay through the nose
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Medicine definitions for pay through the nose

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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Culture definitions for pay through the nose

pay through the nose

To pay unreasonably high prices: “If you visit any major city these days, you had better be prepared to pay through the nose for a hotel room.”

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Idioms and Phrases with pay through the nose

pay through the nose

Pay an excessive amount for something, as in We paid through the nose for that vacation. The origin of this term has been lost. Possibly it alludes to the Danish nose tax, imposed in Ireland in the 9th century, whereby delinquent taxpayers were punished by having their noses slit. [Second half of 1600s]

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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