poke (one's) nose in(to) (something)

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poke (one's) nose in(to) (something)

To involve oneself in an intrusive or nosy manner into something that is not one's business or responsibility. I wish my neighbors would quit poking their noses in and just leave us alone! Don't poke your nose into your brother's affairs—he can manage well enough on his own.
See also: nose, poke

poke one's nose in (to something)

 and stick one's nose in (to something)
Fig. to interfere with something; to be nosy about something. I wish you'd stop poking your nose into my business. She was too upset for me to stick my nose in and ask what was wrong.
See also: nose, poke

poke your nose into something


stick your nose into something

COMMON If someone pokes their nose into something or sticks their nose into it, they interfere in something that does not concern them. He has no right to go poking his nose into my affairs. I felt that they were sticking their noses into what was only my business. Compare with keep your nose out of something.
See also: nose, poke, something

poke your nose into

take an intrusive interest in; pry into. informal
See also: nose, poke

poke/stick your nose in/into something

(informal) interfere in the affairs or business of other people: She’s always sticking her nose into other people’s affairs. It’s really annoying.What happens in this department does not concern him. Why does he have to poke his nose into everything all the time?
See also: nose, poke, something, stick
References in classic literature ?
As soon as Jip awoke he ran upstairs and poked his nose in the air.
Not one of them has ever poked his nose in here, I've never set eyes on them.
The 3-1 chance poked his nose in front two furlongs out and strode out purposefully to hold the 9-4 favourite Tybalt by a length.
And the 5-6 market leader did the job in good style as William Kennedy's mount poked his nose in front rounding the final turn and pulled away in the final two furlongs to collect by six lengths from Popcorn Rosie.