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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KIDS reckon that parents are the worst behaved on car journeys by shouting, swearing, singing badly and picking their noses.
Bleeding happens when the crust is ruptured in cases of children picking their noses, or with minimal trauma.
And it has been estimated that three quarters believe that their children are imitating their bad habits - from picking their noses to wiping their noses with their sleeve.
This moment comes in my presentations when a group of kids--60, 83 or 99--are so focused on the story unfolding around them that they cease fidgeting, picking their noses, fussing with their hair or clothes, poking the kid next to them, or doing any of the things that kids do when they are plunked down in a cold gym or on carpeted library floors, and they begin to breathe as one large beast at my feet.
This one's been consistently at the top of the heap since I've been seeing it, and could very well stand as an example to others if they gave half a shit, took their thumbs out of their asses, and stopped picking their noses for five minutes.
Why are we letting fathers drive around town picking their noses with their children in the car?
Uncouth male passengers also annoy them by picking their noses - and BREAKING WIND.
Welsh motorists are worst for picking their noses compared with their Northern Irish counterparts, who claim they never do
36 per cent of men admit to picking their nose behind the wheel occasionally, compared with 22 per cent of women
It's hard enough picking a winner in the bookies, now the punters can't even get picking their noses.
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.
When it came time for a challenge, we'd cut to Kucha, and they were training for the challenge; cut to Ogakor, and they're sitting around picking their noses.
The station used a hidden camera to show kitchen workers eating and smoking on the job, licking their fingers and even picking their noses.
A further 16% admit to picking their nose when behind the wheel.