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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He now hopes to conduct a study in which some type of molecule could be inserted into people's noses, with half the participants picking their nose and eating it, and then seeing if the molecule still makes them ill.
A further 16% admit to picking their nose often when behind the wheel.
Nose-picking is an extremely common habit, with some surveys indicating that it is almost universal, with people picking their nose an average of four times a day.
Mums and dads in the city are prompting a range of bad behaviour from picking their nose, to wiping their nose with their sleeve.
Broadcasters have also been blocked from filming MPs dozing - John Prescott has been caught in the past - or picking their nose.
If children get bleeds, keep their finger nails short and try to stop them picking their nose.
In the modern age where people could almost become celebrities just for picking their nose, it would be unthinkable for someone like Albert Pierrepoint to go about their work in the public eye.
These include: Players with uncombed hair (EUR200); hair dye, (EUR400); players or officials picking their nose (EUR150 per nostril); sending a close range free wide (EUR500); and anyone found guilty of scoring a 'soccer style' goal (EUR20,000).
A further 16 per cent admit to picking their nose often when behind the wheel.
36 per cent of men admit to picking their nose behind the wheel occasionally, compared with 22 per cent of women
Almost all of the respondents in this national survey have spotted an adult picking their nose.
It is with regret that we have to ask all customers to please refrain from spitting on the floor and/or picking their nose and then handing their betting slips to the staff.
One tent might have a pow-wow going on, while down Lent row someone might be picking their nose listening to the Minutemen .
TWO in five Scots admit to picking their nose - and eating the contents.
One in ten managers also said they were not bothered about their unsavoury personal habits, such as picking their nose or chain smoking.