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nuzzle up (to someone or something)

1. Of an animal, to rub its nose against someone or something in an affectionate manner. I've never really liked being around dogs. Even when they're just nuzzling up to me, it makes me nervous.
2. To snuggle or cuddle (up to someone or something). My daughter always nuzzles up to her favorite teddy bear when we put her to bed. Everyone makes a big deal about going out on Friday nights, but my girlfriend and I are usually happy just to nuzzle up on the couch with a good movie.
See also: nuzzle, someone, up

nuzzle up against (someone or something)

1. Of an animal, to rub its nose against someone or something in an affectionate manner. We were nervous about bringing the baby home, but when we did, our cat nuzzled up against the baby carrier right away.
2. To snuggle up against or rub softly against someone or something. When my daughter was a young girl, the only way she'd fall asleep was if she nuzzled up against her favorite teddy bear. I'm cold! Nuzzle up against me and warm me up, my love.
See also: nuzzle, up

nuzzle up against someone or something

 and nuzzle up (to someone or something)
[for an animal] to rub its nose against someone or something; to rub against someone or something, softly, in the manner of rubbing the nose against someone or something; to snuggle up to someone or something. (Nuzzle is related to nose.) The dog nuzzled up against my leg, wanting to be friends. The dog nuzzled up to me and licked my hand.
See also: nuzzle, up
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SAFE Lola with Darren UNWARY Cat nuzzles her SINISTER She reaches out CRUEL She grabs Lola's neck GETAWAY She hurries off DUMPED Lola hurled in bin
SNAPPY DAYS: Sophie giggles as she pulls down her swimsuit for Mark; REARLY FUN: Sophie and Mark frolic in surf; COVER STORY: She dons a flimsy shirt; HUNGRY FOR LOVE: Mark nuzzles closer; Pictures: BIGPICTURESPHOTO.COM; TAT-TRUE LOVE: They cuddle
SAFE Lola with Darren UNWARY Cat nuzzles her SINISTER She reaches out CRUEL She grabs Lola's neck DUMPED Lola hurled in bin GETAWAY She hurries off
PLEASURES OF THE FLESH: But Sir Anthony Hopkins abandons the chianti and fava beans as he nuzzles up with Nicole Kidman
YOU might expect the fur to fly as mighty mouse Bruno nuzzles up to Bertie the cat.
in touching scenes a polar bear cub nuzzles and prods his massive mother as if to say, it's time for a game.
Tender: Diana's comforting arms support young Prince Harry as she gently nuzzles his cheek
DEVOTED: Tod nuzzles up to Molly; BEST MATES: Samantha, Tod and Molly, and, left, the film
PERSONAL: Ruby Wax's horse nuzzles Suzi' MUCK: The mark
FLUFFY GIANT: BFG proves how cuddly he is with Sarah yesterday; GETTING MATEY: BFG nuzzles up with a smaller friend
PAL: Colin is enjoying life with Carolyn; MILKING IT: Carolyn nuzzles up to Colin