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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But Mr Atkinson, 26, from James Mather Street, South Shields, who had worked at the factory at Rainton Bridge, Sunderland, for two days, claims he couldn't have picked his nose because he was wearing thick rubber gloves.
And when Mark Williams picked his nose and wiped the bogeys on the wall as he prepared to enter the arena yesterday, it's because he wanted a hanky.
Asked whether he picked his nose behind the wheel Mr Howells said, ``No - I don't unpack my trunk.
Dreaming about his pounds 250,000 pad in Bristol, presumably, while his Special Branch minder picked his nose.
Likewise, I am very upset with director Ron Howard's irresponsible decision to gloss over the fact that Nash picked his nose and ate only Cheerios for breakfast.
RED-FACED Alberto Penni picked his nose - and caused a 16-car pile-up