follow (one's) 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 take action based on one's instinct. 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 one's nose

 
1. Lit. to go straight ahead, the direction that one's nose is pointing. The town that you want is straight ahead on this highway. Just follow your nose. The chief's office is right around the corner. Turn left and follow your nose.
2. Fig. to follow an odor to its source. The kitchen is at the back of the building. Just follow your nose. There was a bad smell in the basement—probably a dead mouse. I followed my nose until I found it.
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follow one's nose

Go straight ahead, as in To get to the restaurant, just follow your nose down Baker Avenue. [Late 1600s]
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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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follow your nose

1 trust to your instincts. 2 move along guided by your sense of smell. 3 go straight ahead.
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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

follow (one's) nose

1. To move straight ahead or in a direct path.
2. Informal To be guided by instinct: had no formal training but became a success by following his nose.
See also: follow, nose
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