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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 other is Newt's now-famous "pouting sex kitten," Erica, an exotic German spy, who ensnares the President's chief of staff by nuzzling his neck and biting his shoulder as "her fingers entwined the fur of his chest.
The 22-year-old Italian footballer, who joined FC Milan early this year, was seen staring at the Belgian blonde and nuzzling into the model's neck, while they shared a joke together.
He kept nuzzling me and staring - sort of urging me to go to the doctor.
RUBY Wax's horse shocked TV presenter Suzi Perry by getting a bit frisky and nuzzling at her nipple.
Ann Hornaday, the Washington Post: "The consummation of their relationship is a brief, violent, loveless episode that over their first summer together becomes an idyll of half-naked wrestling, nuzzling by the campfire and fistfights that inevitably end in an embrace.
A friend said: 'Zara was nuzzling up to one of her horses, trying to give it a kiss, when the animal decided to give her a nip.
Nuzzling one end of the huge pod is a 350-seat IMAX theatre (the first of its kind in Scotland), housed in an organically mutated dome-like structure.
little paws treading on [the mother] and little snouts nuzzling [her]; as well as the sensation of nursing itself.
Washington, Dec 9 (ANI): Hollywood actress Lindsay Lohan recently attended a private dinner organized by legendary actor Sean Penn for gay activist Harvey Milk, and was later seen nuzzling the actor.
It's all sweet, with a nuzzling humour without bark or bite.
But Ash and Dem clearly still had goo-goo eyes only for each other as they kept nudging and nuzzling and exchanging private little glances.
RUBY Wax's horse shocked Suzi Perry by getting frisky and nuzzling at her nipple.
Zara responded by placing her hand on his knee and nuzzling into his shoulder.
Our city is in a crisis,'' said fund director Arlene Ober, before nuzzling Addison, a black Labrador retriever rescued last month from the pound, one of the fund's roughly 55 dogs and 85 cats available for adoption.
I've tried everything - showing him, talking about it, nuzzling his ear.