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nose around

To make observations or look through things, often subtly or stealthily, in an attempt to discover something. The phrase sometimes but not always implies that someone is prying into something that is not their business. Quit nosing around in my room! Mom, he's looking through my drawers again! I nosed around in the old file cabinets, but I wasn't able to find any of the documents we're looking for.
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nose around (something)

to pry into something; to snoop around something. I caught her nosing around my desk. Wally is always nosing around.
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The video show a masked man arrived at the market by a car driven by another man nosed around and broke the window of the shop with a pavement stone.
Dad-of-one Simon, 46, who presented To Buy or Not To Buy, said: "I've nosed around 2,000 people's houses across the property shows I've done.
I nosed around Martin's forum and found it to be an interesting visit.
Visitors nosed around the artnouveau Lindley Clock Tower and 1868-built Lindley Methodist Church.
Starting from The Women's Academy I explored a small local park and nosed around people's front gardens, many of which, despite their limited sizes, were delightful examples of local residents' creativity and pride.
1 : to search for or find by smelling <The dog nosed around in the garbage.
Maclean, the son of Norman Maclean, author of ``Young Men and Fire,'' a book about a similar tragedy that took place in 1949 (and, more famously, ``A River Runs Through It''), nosed around and found that blame could be pointed in virtually every direction except at the firefighters.
Stunned pupils sat at their desks as the dogs nosed around the classrooms and a house in the school grounds.