pick (one's) nose

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pick (one's) nose

1. Literally, to remove nasal mucus (i.e., "boogers") with one's finger. Tommy! Quit picking your nose, that's a filthy habit!
2. By extension, to dawdle, fool around, or waste time idly. No wonder we're losing so much money—half our staff just stands around picking their noses for most of the day!
See also: nose, pick
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I will never, ever pick my nose again," Jesse said through tears, after gagging on 5ml of radioactive pink slop.
Sometimes you tell me I can't pick my nose but I did predict there would be loads of goals.
ANDERS Lindegaard has declared his intention to succeed Edwin van der Sar as Manchester United number one by stating: "I am not here just to sit and pick my nose.
I cannot scratch if I itch, I cannot pick my nose if it is blocked and I can only eat if I am fed like a baby.
I am not here to sit and pick my nose - I want to play.
I can pick my nose, scratch my ass, get away with a lot of things that I wouldn't be able to get away with in the rest of the world.
TO tell Mr Snuggles to shut up - I'll pick my nose if I want to.
I break wind and pick my nose - It's not a problem, she doesn't mind.