nose around for (someone or something)

nose around for (someone or something)

To make observations or look through things, often subtly or stealthily, in an attempt to discover someone or something. The phrase often implies that someone is prying into something that is not their business. I nosed around for those documents in the old file cabinets, but I wasn't able to find any of the things we're looking for. I know that detective is out there nosing around for us. But I feel confident that we covered our tracks pretty well.
See also: around, nose
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