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nuzzle up (to someone or something)

1. Of an animal, to rub its nose against someone or something in an affectionate manner. I've never really liked being around dogs. Even when they're just nuzzling up to me, it makes me nervous.
2. To snuggle or cuddle (up to someone or something). When my daughter was a young girl, the only way she'd fall asleep was nuzzled up to her favorite teddy bear. Everyone makes a big deal about going out on Friday nights, but my girlfriend and I are usually happy just to nuzzle up on the couch with a good movie.
See also: nuzzle, up

nuzzle up against someone or something

 and nuzzle up (to someone or something)
[for an animal] to rub its nose against someone or something; to rub against someone or something, softly, in the manner of rubbing the nose against someone or something; to snuggle up to someone or something. (Nuzzle is related to nose.) The dog nuzzled up against my leg, wanting to be friends. The dog nuzzled up to me and licked my hand.
See also: nuzzle, up
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The animal then nuzzled against her nipple with his lips.
Each afternoon, she'd dance, shake her head and wait to be picked up and be nuzzled behind her neck or wing.
Meg the baby sea lion wriggled with delight as proud mum Sprat gently nuzzled her during the pup's first public appearance.
Shirley Ann, 26, could not hear him bark - so Max nuzzled her repeatedly and lay flat on the floor until she realised something was wrong.
The actress nuzzled a camel at the premiere of her new film Sahara in Los Angeles.
Then he bared his own teeth and nuzzled closer for a tender kiss on her shoulder.
Golda panted, nuzzled the book and pushed it off Anthony's lap and licked the book's pages while Golda's handler, Dana Greatman, helped Anthony sound out words.
cats sunned themselves, napped on cushions or nuzzled their faces against visitors' legs in hope of a back rub.
And Becks, 29, in a trendy beanie hat, nuzzled her head before cradling it on his shoulder.
Nuzzled against Berg's chest, Trevor grins from ear to ear when he talks about his great- grandfather.
He nuzzled up so close with his whiskers that she had to hastily wipe the drool from her face.
But none of those people could capture Jaqua's heart quite as much as Camelot, the camel who nuzzled her hand after she fed him an ice-cream cone full of alfalfa pellets, oats and corn.
The Grevy's zebra, just 11-days-old, nuzzled his mum's warm body for shelter as she kicked away his jealous sister Olivia.
But keepers later heard Ramir ``chuffing,'' a big-cat form of purring, as Asia nuzzled his neck.
A source said: "As Amanda gabbed on her cell phone, Mat nuzzled, nibbled and kissed her ear.