follow your nose

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follow (one's) nose

1. To walk straight ahead (thus walking in the direction that one's nose is facing). A: "Should I turn here?" B: "No, follow your nose and keep walking in a straight line—you'll be at my house soon enough."
2. To follow a scent, in an attempt to find its source. I thought I smelled something baking, so I followed my nose down to the kitchen and found my mom icing a cake!
3. To trust one's instinct when making a judgment or decision or taking action. I tend to follow my nose when I have a bad feeling about someone, and it's helped me to avoid a lot of drama.
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follow your nose

1. If someone tells you to follow your nose when you are looking for a place, they are telling you to go straight ahead, or to follow the most obvious route. Follow your nose till you come to the church. Turn right there and it's in front of you.
2. If you follow your nose, you make decisions and behave in a particular way because you feel that this is what you should do, rather than because you are following any rules. As far as my career is concerned, I'd started writing for magazines while I was at college and I've just followed my nose doing that ever since.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

follow your nose

1 trust to your instincts. 2 move along guided by your sense of smell. 3 go straight ahead.
See also: follow, nose
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

follow your ˈnose

1 be guided by your sense of smell: He followed his nose to the kitchen, and found Marina making tomato soup.
2 go straight forward: The garage is a mile ahead up the hill — just follow your nose.
3 act according to what seems right or reasonable, rather than following any particular rules: In situations like this, I think all we can do is follow our noses.
See also: follow, nose
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