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nosy parker

A person who likes to meddle or pry into other people's lives. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I have to be careful about what I tell Betty because she's such a nosy parker that she'll bombard you with questions at the slightest provocation.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

a ˌnosy ˈparker

(British English, informal, becoming old-fashioned) a person who is too interested in other people’s private lives: Our next door neighbour is a real nosy parker. He always has to know everything about everybody on our street.
See also: nosy, parker
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nosy parker

and nosey Parker (ˈnozi ˈpɑrkɚ)
n. a nosy person. (Also a term of address. No one really knows who or what parker is or was. It is an old expression, used in British and American English, at least. Some would like to derive it from nose-poker, but there is no record of the latter aver having been said.) Look, you nosy parker, mind your own business.
See also: nosy, parker
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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"Members of the audience praised the director and expressed a willingness to get involved as they nosily exited the theater." The film concludes with Ai's nearly three-month detention last year and its aftermath, in which even the outspoken Ai will not discuss what happened to him for fear of retribution.
Both rams nosily fled the wash and headed straight across the flat gray sand in front of us.
It was her favorite exercise to enter the apartment nosily, vociferate orders, give a few sudden blows to quicken Nig's pace, then return to the sitting room with such a satisfied expression, congratulating herself upon her thorough house-keeping qualities.
"Why had he destroyed his eyes and saved himself unless he had some plan, unless he saw something that he couldn't get without being blind to everything else?" And his other silent penance--rocks and broken glass in his shoes, barbed wire around his chest--when she nosily discovers it, fascinates her by its very illogic: she suspects that she is being cheated somehow, because of something he sees that she can't see.
Not that the Rangers supporters were taking much notice as, nosily, they crammed into every available nook and cranny of this compact little arena.
Apart from being able to wander around certain parts of Windsor Castle, Balmoral, Sandringham etc, we can now poke nosily around Buckingham Palace too.
It's easy to imagine the queues of coach and horses, oil lamps smoking in the sunset, rattling nosily through cobbled streets to the inn.
A great show at the Belgrade was marred by people arriving 10 minutes late and then proceeding to nosily slurp bottled water throughout the performance.
Charles Avenue are not air-conditioned, the windows open to allow a breeze, the brakes squeal and the wheels rattle nosily on the tracks.