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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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He made a successful reappearance in the Clonmel Oil Chase in November, and speaking yesterday trainer Noel Meade said: "We had a few horses with dirty noses around Christmas and Road To Riches's blood wasn't quite right.
15pm American television presenter Jerry Springer, Strictly Come Dancing co-host Tess Daly and presenter of dating game show Take Me Out Paddy McGuinness make up this week's panel as Keith Lemon noses around the homes of mystery stars, rummaging through their most treasured possessions.
As he noses around the homes of mystery stars, rummaging through their possessions, the panellists use clues highlighted along each tour to work out which famous faces have agreed to hand over their house keys to the mischievous host.
Today, Bo is a hard-working police K9 with his own police badge and one of the best-trained noses around.
They settle in the home where Constance lived as a teenager and Grace noses around finding places and people who were part of Constance's past.
The five-year-old whale has become a celebrity in Gold River, a community of 1400 on Vancouver Island, where he regularly noses around berthed boats.
Over 1,000 of us descended on Rowen to poke our noses around other people's plots and wonder why ours don't look as good.
The visits are unannounced, a surprise to school staffers and students alike, and the specially trained dogs follow their noses around classrooms, gymnasiums and locker rooms trying to detect any illicit substances.
While Wonnacott noses around 'upstairs', Shrager goes 'downstairs' to prepare an ice cream dessert served at a Royal banquet.