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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SarahABGee: Man on train giving masterclass on different ways to pick nose.
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PARKING IN A DANGEROUS POSITION - must not pick nose or yawn while nipping into a free space.
The Guidebook for Civilised Tourism has been publicized by the National Tourism Administration and gives out a list of dos and don'ts like not to pick noses in public, pee in pools or steal aeroplane life jackets.
4 Boys know how to pick noses, but not how to pick things up - apparently dirty clothes, pants and socks walk to the washing machine by themselves and wet towels swim back to the bathroom.
Leos get upset by red-light jumpers, and Virgos dislike people who pick noses in cars.