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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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We will meet even a worse reception if we go nosing around a British port--mines, nets and all of it.
She began nosing around the waste until she found the little white and tan coloured pup, thought to be a Jack Russell, as young as seven days old.
We loved nosing around trendy Saint Anne's Square, with its cool restaurants, and The Mac arts centre.
Now she's nosing around for a small role to help Suri to get her feet wet.
Jonny added: "The reaction seemed positive, but when I started nosing around the internet I found some negative ones.
Residents of an upmarket North London street have revealed Mel and her hubby Stephen Belafonte have been nosing around looking for a base in the city, sparking rumours we're finally getting our girl back.
Such fun, nosing around dusty, hot 'not in a million years am I living here' villas.
And anyone who has ever fancied nosing around behind the scenes of some of the area's most well-loved buildings is in for a treat as 28 sites across Kirklees are opening their doors to the public this week.
Install new rubber nosing around the four long / triple jump pits.
A panel of guests would be shown a video of Grossman nosing around a celebrity's home and giving clues to the owner's identity, which the panel would try to guess.
Once we let the government and businesses go down the road of nosing around in our lives.
Rep Ciro Rodriguez, the Democrat who lost the seat to Canseco last November, is nosing around.
And frankly, it's comforting when you're far from your house (but can still see it) to know if some miscreant starts nosing around and is up to no good, you can let go with a couple of big .
A quarter of people in North Wales look only at properties they cannot afford when searching for a new home on the internet, and 41% said they could not resist the temptation of nosing around properties out of their price range.
One in eight people said they could not resist the temptation of nosing around other people's homes, while seven per cent said they liked to do house viewings to get ideas for their own property.