nose around


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nose around

To make observations or look through things, often subtly or stealthily, in an attempt to discover something. The phrase sometimes but not always implies that someone is prying into something that is not their business. Quit nosing around in my room! Mom, he's looking through my drawers again! I nosed around in the old file cabinets, but I wasn't able to find any of the documents we're looking for.
See also: around, nose

nose around (something)

to pry into something; to snoop around something. I caught her nosing around my desk. Wally is always nosing around.
See also: around, nose
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They took cartilage from Xiaolian's ribs and implanted it on his forehead; then they stretched the skin on his forehead, molding it into the shape of a nose around the cartilage; new capillaries began growing on the structure.
Najam Sethi would utilize his best abilities to overcome electricity and gas shortage by tightening nose around the pilferage.
But when he placed a common mole in a semicircular arena with a chopped-up bit of earthworm as bait, he says, "it would wiggle its nose around and go in a beeline toward the food.
Does everyone have to walk with a broken nose around Hollywood Boulevard?
The public say they are more than happy to nose around the homes of the rich and famous.
Since it was advertised for sale nearly two weeks ago, Powerhouse Properties has been jammed with callers who want to have a nose around the Dhs250 million Palm Jumeirah villa.
Plus it's always nice to have a nose around other people's homes
Talking to media men here at Daggar on Saturday, he said the forest officers of three ranges were directed to tight nose around timber mafia.
Escape To The Country is great if you like to nose around peoples' homes and Cash In the Attic is great if you like to nose around peoples' cupboards.
An ITV spokesman said: "Thanks to Street View, fans will be able to have a good nose around the set in a way that would have been unimaginable almost 50 years ago when the show first aired.
ONE in five people view properties they have no intention of buying just to have a nose around other people's homes, a survey revealed today.
But being a designer, I can't simply sit and enjoy the food and table conversation at these events, I have to have a good nose around and inhale the design strategies (or non-existent design strategies) I experience.
Classes co-ordinator James Doyle said: "I'm sure the fact that we are in such a wonderful new building will intrigue people and encourage them to come along, nose around and give the classes a go.
You'll have a tailwind until you're over the deck, and you'll probably droop a little when you kick the nose around.
Do you sneeze or get an itchy or stuffy nose around animals?