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a nose for (something)

An intuitive ability to detect or excel at something. I've always been able to learn languages easily. I guess I just have a nose for it. He's got a real nose for determining which way the stock markets are going to shift. Cecilia has always had a nose for business, so I think she would make a fine addition to the team.
See also: for, nose

nose out

1. To move forward very slowly and cautiously out of some place. Used especially when one is driving a vehicle. It's hard to see oncoming traffic from this side street. Just nose out onto the road until you're sure that it's clear. I nosed out of the house to get away from the party without anyone noticing. She nosed the motorcycle quietly out of the shed so as not to wake her parents.
2. To drive a vehicle very slowly and cautiously out of some place. A noun or pronoun can be used between "nose" and "out." I think you'll have enough room to get out of the parking spot—just nose the car out a little bit at a time to be sure. She nosed the motorcycle quietly out of the shed so as not to wake her parents.
3. To defeat someone by a narrow margin, thus knocking them out of the competition or contest. A noun or pronoun can be used between "nose" and "out." The underdogs managed to nose out the former champions in a thrilling last-minute victory. After a late surge in the polls, Mayor Smith nosed out the Michigan senator many assumed would be the party's nominee.
4. To locate something through the use of one's nose. A noun or pronoun can be used between "nose" and "out." The dog was able to nose out the stash of drugs. The suspect may be in hiding, but these bloodhounds will nose him out.
5. To discover something that had been hidden through careful and thorough investigation. A noun or pronoun can be used between "nose" and "out." If anyone will be able to nose out the truth, she will. Scientists believe they have nosed out the genes responsible for giving one's face its particular shape.
See also: nose, out
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nose something (out) (onto something)

to drive or push something carefully out onto the surface of something, nose first. I nosed the car out onto the highway, looking both ways. She nosed out the car.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


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References in classic literature ?
They all stretched themselves on the floor, their noses pointing to the ceiling.
There was good luck promised out of the crook of your nose, but ye bear fruit like the bang of a drum.
"Step down the steps," says the man with the crooked nose, "and I will enter by the door above and let ye in.
"I don't say it's the sort of nose one would wear out of mere foppery," he admitted.
That man, I fancy, has gone a very crooked road--by following his nose."
It was a bronze coin, and the colour, combined with the exact curve of the Roman nose and something in the very lift of the long, wiry neck, made the head of Caesar on it the almost precise portrait of Philip Hawker.
The only oddity one could fix was that his nose, which was otherwise of a good shape, was just slightly turned sideways at the tip; as if, when it was soft, it had been tapped on one side with a toy hammer.
The Carabineer grabbed him by the nose (it was an extremely long one and seemed made on purpose for that very thing) and returned him to Mastro Geppetto.
Anthony's Nose = this incident probably occurred at a place on the Mohawk River called today The Noses, between Fonda and Palatine Bridge; there is another St.
This did awake him, for he uttered "Jerry" in a low, crooning voice, and Jerry responded with a touch of his cold damp nose to the other's cheek.
He felt Jerry's cool nose against his bare calf, heard his joyous sniff, and bent and caressed him.
He pressed his cool nose to Skipper's leg, and the rose-kiss of his tongue brought him the salt taste of sea-water.
So he lay down, in a comfortable crouching position, his nose fully a foot away, and out of the line of the tail.
It was sitting on a log, not a foot beyond the end of his nose. Each saw the other.
Then she fell to backing away and sneezing, her nose bristling with quills like a monstrous pin- cushion.