• synonyms

sniff out

  1. (tr, adverb) to detect through shrewdness or instinct
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Related Words

pursue, follow, investigate, explore, unearth, ascertain, uncover, scout, inquire, scratch, fish, hunt, prowl, root, dragnet, quest, fan, nose, delve, comb

Idioms and Phrases with sniff out

sniff out

Uncover, as If there's anything to that rumor, Gladys will sniff it out. This expression alludes to an animal sniffing for prey. [First half of 1900s]

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