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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How would you like to receive cakes from a kitchen that might, for all you know, not observe the best rules of hygiene, made by someone who may well have picked their nose or licked their fingers, then allowed the dog to sniff the mixture before dolloping it into paper cases.
More than a third said they picked their nose more than five times a day and 34pc said they ate what they excavated.
One third never said thanks to their secretaries and one in 10 picked their noses
The poll found they picked their noses in public, wore women's underwear in bed and sang along to songs when they didn't know the words.
Innsbruck-based Prof Bischinger said people who picked their noses were healthier, happier and better in tune with their bodies than those who opted for the handkerchief.